Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!


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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Marlow » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:58 am

gh wrote:better question: who thinks he'll actually even try?

No way. Way too much work for a not-guaranteed outcome, and won't help his his real job.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Brian » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:58 am

gh wrote:
doug5321 wrote:.....
who here thinks peterson will get a worlds/olympics A standard, or even the standard to get in the trials....


better question: who thinks he'll actually even try?

Given his history of injury, I imagine the Vikings would go batshit should he embark on a fierce off-season regimen of track training/competition. Wouldn't surprise me if they invoked the standard "dangerous outside activities" clause that's surely in his contract.


Even simpler, since Track & Field is now professional, he could get in contract trouble for "moonlighting."
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby jazzcyclist » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:56 am

Bob Hayes and Michael Bates had the right idea by pursuing their track dreams right after college and before they became professional football players. I was to young to remember how Hayes handled it, but when Bates was drafted, he had an understanding with the Seahawks that he wouldn't be reporting until after the track season was over.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby 18.99s » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:19 pm

doug5321 wrote:bob hayes, renaldo nehemiah and others went from track to football, but have any athletes with no track background gone from NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, soccer etc. gone to track.


Adam Gemili: Soccer -> 100m
Donald Thomas: Basketball -> high jump

There was another athlete (I don't remember the name or country) from soccer who ran the 400m, and made it to the semifinal or final with less than a year of track-specific training.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby dj » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:06 am

18.99s wrote:
doug5321 wrote:bob hayes, renaldo nehemiah and others went from track to football, but have any athletes with no track background gone from NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, soccer etc. gone to track.


Adam Gemili: Soccer -> 100m
Donald Thomas: Basketball -> high jump

There was another athlete (I don't remember the name or country) from soccer who ran the 400m, and made it to the semifinal or final with less than a year of track-specific training.


Marcello Fiasconaro: Soccer -> 800 WR 1:43.7 '73 (after three years of running track)
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby jazzcyclist » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:18 am

18.99s wrote:
doug5321 wrote:bob hayes, renaldo nehemiah and others went from track to football, but have any athletes with no track background gone from NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, soccer etc. gone to track.


Adam Gemili: Soccer -> 100m
Donald Thomas: Basketball -> high jump

I'm not familiar with Gemili but Thomas didn't have elite basketball talent, so I wouldn't put him in the same class with folks like Hayes, Nehemiah and Peterson.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby gh » Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:07 am

dj wrote:
18.99s wrote:
doug5321 wrote:bob hayes, renaldo nehemiah and others went from track to football, but have any athletes with no track background gone from NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, soccer etc. gone to track.


Adam Gemili: Soccer -> 100m
Donald Thomas: Basketball -> high jump

There was another athlete (I don't remember the name or country) from soccer who ran the 400m, and made it to the semifinal or final with less than a year of track-specific training.


Marcello Fiasconaro: Soccer -> 800 WR 1:43.7 '73 (after three years of running track)


rugby, not soccer
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby GDAWG » Fri Feb 15, 2013 10:47 pm

Also, Marquise Goodwin has chosen to go the NFL route.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby GDAWG » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:05 pm

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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby AS » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:14 pm

18.99s wrote:
doug5321 wrote:bob hayes, renaldo nehemiah and others went from track to football, but have any athletes with no track background gone from NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, soccer etc. gone to track.


Adam Gemili: Soccer -> 100m
Donald Thomas: Basketball -> high jump



On the women's side, Aussie Nova Peris won an Olympic field hockey gold in 1996, switched to track, won the 200m at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, and was a semi-finalist in the 400m at Sydney Olympics and a member of the 5th placed 4x400m relay...
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