Adrian Peterson was first introduced to football when he was just seven years old. By his senior year at Palestine High School (Palestine, Texas), Peterson was the most coveted running back in the country. During his freshman year with the Oklahoma Sooners, Adrian set a freshman record with 1,925 rushing yards and finished second to USC's Matt Leinart for the Heisman Trophy. Peterson recorded three consecutive 1,000 rushing yards seasons and scored 42 touchdowns during his collegiate career. He decided to forego his senior season and declared himself eligible for the 2007 NFL Draft.
Prior to the Draft, their was plenty of speculation over Peterson's durability. He suffered two major injuries in college, causing many NFL scouts to wonder how he would hold up with the every day grind of the NFL. Six teams ended up passing on Adrian Peterson before the Minnesota Vikings took him with the 7th pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. He was named the Vikings starting running back at the beginning of the season and had one of the most memorable rookie seasons in NFL history. During his first five games, Peterson had four 100-yard rushing games, including a franchise record 224 yards against the Chicago Bears on October 14th. Just three weeks later, Peterson set the NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards against the San Diego Chargers. He finished the season with 1,341 rushing yards along with 12 touchdowns and was selected to play in his first NFL Pro Bowl. In 2008, Peterson won his first NFL Rushing Title when he led the league with 1,760 yards. He continued to be one of the NFL's premier running backs when he suffered a devastating knee injury during the 12th game of 2011. The injury required reconstructive surgery and intense rehabilitation. Peterson bounced back in 2012 by rushing for the second most yards in NFL history (2,097) for his second NFL rushing title. Peterson won both the 2012 NFL MVP and Comeback Player of the Year awards. In 2013, Adrian put together his sixth Pro Bowl season and seven years. His 10,115 rushing yards is 27th highest in NFL history. He is the fastest player to make it into the 10,000 yard club and should make the NFL's Top-10 list within two years.
In 2004, Cabrera hit 33 home runs, had 123 RBI and was selected to his first career All-Star Game. He played three more seasons with the Marlins and was selected to three more All-Star Games before he was traded to the Detroit Tigers in 2008. If Cabrera was an All-Star in Miami. He became a legend once he joined the Tigers. With seven seasons in the Motor City, Miguel has appeared in five All-Star Games, won two home run titles, two RBI titles and three batting titles. In 2012, Cabrera led the American League in home runs (44), RBI (139) and batting average (.330) and became the first player in 45 years to win the triple crown. He esily won the American League MVP Award and led the Tigers to their first World Series appearance in almost 30 years. Cabrera was even better the next season (44 HR, 137 RBI and .348 BA) and collected his second consecutive MVP Award. Cabrera is in the prime of his career and is well one his way to Cooperstown.
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