Adrian Peterson spent a few hours Tuesday afternoon answering questions from fans in an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit.com
The MVP running back revealed which team he would like to play for if the Vikings didn't draft him, the truth behind his "bone-crushing" handshake and how the Vikings locker room really feels about Christian Ponder.
Peterson also settled the nickname debate: AP or AD?
HIGHLIGHTS FROM ADRIAN PETERSON'S REDDIT AMA:
Who do you think is the best rookie RB prospect in the NFL this year?
Eddie Lacy, but he's on a passing team. But that was a real good pickup...that I didn't like
Which defensive players hit the hardest?
No one really got a good shot on me this year. Shaun Rogers
Reporters always mention your "bone-crushing" handshake and seem to act like you're not aware of your own strength. Do you put a bit more squeeze on 'em when you shake a reporter's hand?
Lol! You got me on this one. I actually do put a little more into it for some of the reporters. They're like Sour Patch Kids! Guys can be so nice and so sour at times
Who are your best friends on other NFL teams?
Larry Fitzgerald is a guy I'm cool with, Cromartie, Sidney Rice, Percy, even though he only answers the phone every blue moon, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, Antonio Smith, Leon Washington, Jacoby Jones.
Other than yourself, who is the best RB in the league?
All around guy, productive, I'd have to go with Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch. Talentwise, Chris Johnson and my guy Frank Gore.
If you were to name a fantasy football team after yourself, what would it be?
All Day All Stars!
No one to break 2,000 yards has ever come close the next year. Why/how will you be able to maintain such a high level?
I feel like I'll be able to repeat. Why? Just a group a guys in front of me, dedicated to running the ball, were definitely a team, we feel like we wanna do better next year and I just have faith I can do it
How does the locker room feel about Christian Ponder?
The locker room is feeling confident. He's showing us a lot. Showing that he's becoming more of a leader. He's taking command of the huddle. Putting his confidence on display
Since you have been in the NFL which teammate has taught you the most/been the biggest role model?
Antoine Winfield and Jeff Dugan. Dugs was professional. He got it done. Guy that wasn't extremely talented but the work he put in was inspiring for football. Catching balls every day after practice. Small things. When I first got in, just watching him answering so many questions. He was so particular with his details and making he had the right blocks on everything.
Do you prefer AD or AP?
During RG3's rehab, it was revealed that part of his therapy involved stem cells. Since the cat is out of the bag, did the doctors use the same kind of treatment on you?
No stem cells. I didn't use any of that stuff. It was brought up but I was like na, go natural.
What car do you drive?
Had the Vikings not drafted you in 2007, which team would you have preferred to go to?
What has been the toughest challenge you have faced to get where you're at today?
Toughest challenge was losing my brother at a young age. I was age of 7. Just holding him and seeing it happen, it happened right in front of me. Holding him, trying to call his name and he wasn't responding. at the time he was brain-dead but I didn't know. That was the toughest thing to deal with but it was the one thing that made me who I am.
What went through your head when Pam Oliver told you "9 yards." Did you think you broke the record by nine yards? Nine yards short?
It was a little confusing. 9 yards! I dunno it was bittersweet at the time because we had just won as a team, we were in the playoffs, knocked Chicago out, but to be 9 yards short. I knew I didn't break it cuz they would have announced it. To get so close. That's the bitter part.
How do you feel about the Purple Jesus nickname?
Mixed emotions. That's pretty funny but I'm a big on faith. I don't really like to be called Purple Jesus because there's only one. I get what they're saying though.
See the entire Ask Me Anything session at http://redd.it/1kquxw