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Adrian Peterson takes PED accusations as “a compliment”

(Charlie Neibergall / AP)

Adrian Peterson has a novel approach for addressing rumors and whispers linking him to the use of performance-enhancing drugs: take the talk as a compliment.

The Minnesota Vikings running back, who was named NFL MVP a year after having reconstructive knee surgery, said he welcomes testing for PEDs.

“Seriously. Especially with the amount of work I put in,” he told USA Today. “Guys say that to me, or if I hear someone saying that, it makes me feel good.

“When you know you don’t do it, and someone’s saying you do, you’re like, ‘Wow. They think I’m on HGH [human growth hormone]? I’m doing that good? Well, hoo! Thank you, Jesus!’ It’s a compliment. I don’t get mad about it at all.”

Peterson, who tore his anterior and medial collateral ligaments in December 2011, fell only a few yards shy of shattering the single-season rushing mark last season. Not only did Peterson recover remarkably quickly, he was better than ever. He understands why some athletes would turn to PEDs.

“People are trying to get the edge,” he said. “The reality of it is, people are trying to provide for their families. People are trying to keep their spot on the rosters. If it’s something they can use that’s not going to show up, they’re going to use it.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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