Notebook: Peterson wants to win one for Favre

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson isn't likely to give a "win one for the Gipper" speech, but he would like to help Brett Favre beat his former team on Monday Night Football.

Darrell Bevell says the Vikings are simply playing for a 4-0 record and to maintain their divisional lead, not playing for Brett Favre.

However, the offensive coordinator isn't speaking for star running back Adrian Peterson. At 24 years old, Peterson still sees Favre's passion for the game and can't help but want to do everything he can to get Favre a win against his old Packers teammates, coaches (and certain front-office types).

"I can speak for myself and I would say, yes, of course. He's been around for a long time. He's been with the Packers for 16 years, so coming against these guys, Monday night game, big rivalry to take a firm hold right now on our divisional lead, it's a big game," Peterson said. "Not only for Brett but for the Minnesota Vikings. Inside, I definitely want to get this win for him too."

Despite almost a 16-year age difference between Peterson and Favre, the high-energy running back can't help but marvel at some of the things Favre does, despite turning 40 on Oct. 10.

"You just feed off his energy and the passion he plays with and the way he plays the game. You've seen him running down the field last week, going to block guys, blocking Patrick Willis. You see Patrick get up after the play and help him up. That's the type of respect he got and just the way he plays the game, you've got to go out there and lay it on the line," Peterson said.

On the last play of the third quarter in Sunday's win against the San Francisco 49ers, Favre completed a pass to Bernard Berrian, who was struggling to break tackles and gain more yardage. Favre ran down the field and dove to block Willis, a hard-hitting linebacker.

Favre said Sunday that his thought process on that play was simple. A teammate might get more yards, so he was willing to help.

"I saw Bernard break a few of tackles and I thought maybe I could spring him," he said.

It left teammates impressed.

"Just amazing. Amazing that he's been around so long and been productive. He hasn't lost the love for the game," Peterson said. "I sit back sometimes and I respect it more because that's the way I play the game and I see guys right now, to this day, that don't play with that energy and that excitement and that love for the game and he's still playing with that passion. It makes him who he is – Brett Favre – so I love it."


Favre said after the 49ers game that he was worn out and he looked it moving to and from the podium.

"I'm worn out. Believe me I could fall right now. I don't know how many plays we had, but it felt like two years worth of plays in that game, not to mention how it played out. It was physical. I got hit a pretty good bit," he said.

The much younger Peterson said on Friday he was feeling good.

"I'm just a couple years younger than Brett, so my body recovers a little better. I came out feeling pretty good actually," he said.


Several Vikings will wear pink on Monday to promote breast cancer awareness. Chad Greenway, Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson are among them. Favre's wife, Deanna, is a breast cancer survivor, which tips the scales in favor of the quarterback donning the "intimidating" color.

"I think several of us are wearing pink shoes. It should be very intimidating," Favre joked. "It's obviously a great cause. My wife had breast cancer and speaks out all the time, an advocate for awareness and things like that, so it goes without saying that it's very important. And I wouldn't wear pink shoes if it wasn't."

Jared Allen and Greenway were wearing the shoes in practice on Friday, but Peterson said he wears a new pair of shoes every week and wouldn't need to break in his shoes.

Defensive end Ray Edwards said he may wear pink earrings and joked (we think) about coloring his Mohawk pink.


  • Guard Steve Hutchinson (back) and WR Darius Reynaud (hamstring) did not participate in Friday's practice. Childress said Hutchinson was getting the day off again and he had no concerns about him playing on Monday night.

  • If Reynaud can't play, Berrian would be the punt returner, with Percy Harvin backing him up, according to special teams coordinator Brian Murphy.

  • Favre (foot) was limited in practice Thursday but was on the field to start practice on Friday. "I think he'll be fine," Bevell said Friday.

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