Minnesota Vikings running back and league MVP Adrian Peterson has always been meticulous in his training. It comes to no surprise that he is in favor of HGH testing saying, “I can’t wait until they draw my blood.”
Peterson, who came back from a torn ACL to rush for an astonishing 2,097 yards, has been hit by skeptics that thing the All Pro running back is taking or took some form of steroids. Peterson though says his all natural, intense workouts are what give him the edge.
“I’m all natural. I work hard. This right here, it’s a test for me personally, that I know that, `Hey, I’m clean as a whistle,’ and other guys as well. And then, like I say, it’ll bring some guys to the forefront and be like, `Hey, I guess this is how this guy’s been performing so well.”‘
The NFL and the NFL players association have been working on an agreement that will allow the NFL to test players for HGH use. Although HGH is already banned by the league it is difficult and expensive to test for. By no means does the current ban of HGH mean that players aren’t taking any form of a human growth hormone substance, in fact Adrian Peterson believes there are already players in the league that are taking it.
“You’ve got guys out there trying to provide for their families, they’re going to try to get that edge, get that advantage, especially if they’re not worried about trying to get caught,” Peterson told ESPN. “Yeah, it’s being used.”
Peterson has set the mark high entering the 2013 season saying he plans to rush for 2,500 yards, but was clear to point out that wins come ahead of personal stats.
“It’s something I want to accomplish, if it’s something that happens. If not, it doesn’t matter as long as we win,” Peterson said.
Unlike last year when Peterson started training camp on the PUP and didn’t see any preseason action, the Vikings plan on getting Peterson limited reps in the preseason to keep him fresh for opening week.