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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
It's the sad state of professional sports today, but anytime that an athlete makes a seemingly impossible jump in talent or an incredibly quick and effective return from injury questions surrounding that players use of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) seem to surface. At times there may be truth to the rumors and at other times there is no substance to the claims.
That being said, it was only a matter of time before questions surfaced in regards to Adrian Peterson's miraculous recovery from ACL surgery and the success that almost landed him into the record books.
In an interview that CBSSports.com did with Peterson earlier this off season, AP shared that those rumors and questions made their way onto the playing field as well.
According to Peterson, during a game against the Detroit Lions last season, the normal on the field trash talking took a turn for the speculative when an unnamed Lions linebacker shouted "whatever you were juicing on, let me know. I need it" towards Peterson.
Peterson took the comment in stride and responded saying, "Man, it's a lot of prayer. The Juice of God."
Reflecting on the situation, Peterson turned a potentially offensive and negative situation around and explained how he was able to see the silver-lining in the altercation.
"It was like turning a negative into a positive," Peterson said. "To be honest with you, it makes me feel good when people say little stuff like that, and I'm sure it happens all the time. I guess I am performing that well that people think I'm juicing, that I am taking something. That really shows me how much God has blessed me to be able to come back and play the way I played. To me, it's a compliment (the PED talk). I've always been an honest person. I never cheated the system. I am big on taking advantage of my natural abilities and applying work ethic to it to be able to climb the highest level. People make that decision to do that (PEDS), but I'm not that individual. I feel like I'd be cheating myself. And things I've accomplished would be void. That's not what I am about."
AP went on to explain why he thought that this season, goals as high as 3,000 yards may even be attainable!
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