Now with the Seattle Seahawks, running back Adrian Peterson still plays for “the love of the game” – .

Now with the Seattle Seahawks, running back Adrian Peterson still plays for “the love of the game” – .

RENTON, Wash. – Four days after being sidelined by the Tennessee Titans last week, Adrian Peterson went to see his alma mater, Oklahoma, play against rival Oklahoma State in Stillwater. He was getting out of his car to start following when his agent called him to tell him the Seattle Seahawks were interested in signing him.

Peterson’s response: “I’ll be ready to go. Obviously, I still want to play. “

On Thursday, a day after joining the Seattle practice squad, the veteran running back was asked why he still wanted to play at 36 and over 14 seasons in a Hall of Fame career.

“Just the love of the game,” he said. “I love the game. I feel like I can still compete at a high level. I just have the opportunity to help the teams, to inspire the guys. It is one of the most rewarding things. When I see guys, and they say to me, ‘Dude, keep doing what you’re doing, that’s so inspiring. “

When asked what he still wanted to accomplish, Peterson replied “win a championship”. He won’t get that opportunity with the Seahawks (3-8) now that their odds of making the playoffs have fallen to 1%, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.

But he could help a smashed backfield that faces injuries from Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer. They have supported Alex Collins, who has been the starter since Chris Carson fell with a neck injury that ended the season.

Peterson, who signed with the Titans after losing star Derrick Henry to a foot injury, carried 27 times for 82 yards and one touchdown in three games before being suspended.

“I don’t really feel like I’ve shown too much in Tennessee,” he said. “But before I was released, I felt my legs were back under me. I wanted to join the Patriots [game last week], it was the week when I was going to be able to blossom and unfortunately I was released. “

With Penny and Homer out on Monday night, Collins and DeeJay Dallas combined for just 18 yards on 10 carries in the Seahawks’ loss to Washington. Seattle ranks 25th in the running race this season and has scored just 26 points on offense during its three-game losing streak.

“This attacking style and the way their running game is, it fits my style a bit more than I would say Tennessee,” said Peterson. “So I think it will be an easy fit for me. “

Behind Collins, Penny, Dallas and Homer in their active roster, the Seahawks have rookie Josh Johnson and now Peterson on their practice squad.

“I feel like there’s a lot that I can add to the running game and inspire these young guys too, make these guys work harder,” said Peterson. “When they see me going at about full speed during the 14 years of walking, it also makes them pick up their pace a bit more. I feel like I can add to the running back up and help start this running game. “

As to when that could happen, Peterson wants to play against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, although it’s not clear if he’ll be ready on time in a short week, or if the Seahawks will need him right away. because Penny and Homer were both listed as full participants on Thursday.

“It’s a goal for me,” Peterson said of playing on Sunday, “but it’s up to the coaches and staff to see how I end this week and then they’ll make a decision based on that. “

The Seahawks are Peterson’s seventh team. After spending his first 10 seasons in Minnesota, he played for Arizona, New Orleans, Washington and Detroit before his most recent in Tennessee.

Peterson ranks fifth in NFL history with 14,902 career rushing yards. According to, he has made more than $ 103 million in field earnings over his 14+ seasons. However, a lawyer for Peterson said in 2019 that the running back was in debt after “trusting the wrong people and being exploited by those he trusted.”


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