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Surprise! Peterson's leading the NFL in rushing

Nov. 28, 2012
 

Adrian Peterson is the NFL's leading rusher with 1,236 yards. Big surprise, right?

In a normal season, no.

But this is no normal season for the Minnesota Vikings running back, considering he tore his ACL on Dec. 24 last season.

It's been one of the more remarkable comebacks from that injury. Yet Peterson, who won the NFL's rushing title in 2008 and has had 1,000 yards in each of his six NFL seasons except last year (when he had 970 yards in 12 games), doesn't seem surprised.

"No, I haven't surprised myself," he said during a conference call with reporters who cover the Packers. "It's surprising people around me, which puts a smile on my face. These are things that I set forth to accomplish -- to come back stronger and better to help my team.

"I knew that I could do it, (but) a lot of people didn't. I also know that it doesn't matter what everyone else thinks as long as you focus on what you want to accomplish. Whatever it is, you can get it done. It's simple."

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