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Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Marlow » Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:02 am

Sounds rather far-fetched to me, but in a home-page-linked article:

Peterson said he was planning on making a run at the Olympics before he injured his knee last year. He had planned on running in a few track meets over the off-season to see how he felt running track again. Peterson said he wants to qualify for the Olympics in the 200- and 400-meter races.


At 6'1/217 (185/98) he's a little on the 'beefy' side. Were he to lose some weight, he'd been vulnerable in football again.

I''m guessing that getting under 20.50/46 was nigh on impossible, but more power to him - the publicity, win or lose, would be good for our sport!
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby lonewolf » Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:31 am

Ain't gonna happen. :lol:
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby eldanielfire » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:02 am

I can't see Bolt or James being beaten next Olympics if they are fully fit.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Marlow » Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:40 am

eldanielfire wrote:I can't see Bolt or James being beaten next Olympics if they are fully fit.

Blake will be stronger. Bolt? Probably not. It'll probably be between them.
James will be better, but someone else can come out of the woodwork by 2016. Seems to happen a lot in the 400.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Tuariki » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:13 pm

eldanielfire wrote:I can't see Bolt or James being beaten next Olympics if they are fully fit.

Well certainly not by a journeyman (oops, there's that word again) like Peterson.

Blake perhaps in the 200m, although I doubt it if Bolt is injury free and maintains his motivation.
Santos in the 400 is probably a bigger threat to James.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby eldanielfire » Sun Dec 30, 2012 12:35 pm

Marlow wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:I can't see Bolt or James being beaten next Olympics if they are fully fit.

Blake will be stronger. Bolt? Probably not. It'll probably be between them.
James will be better, but someone else can come out of the woodwork by 2016. Seems to happen a lot in the 400.



Maybe, but James is the best since Michael Johnson and really really young for someone so exceptional.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Marlow » Sun Dec 30, 2012 2:40 pm

eldanielfire wrote:James is the best since Michael Johnson and really really young for someone so exceptional.

Actually, Wariner is the best since MJ

43.45 3. 5. Jeremy WARINER 84 USA F 1. Osaka (JPN) 31.08.2007
. . . (43.75 LaShawn Merritt)
43.94 9. 37. Kirani JAMES 92 GRN F 1. London (GBR) 06.08.2012 1248
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Mighty Favog » Sun Dec 30, 2012 5:10 pm

The smart alecks at the House of Run blog just suggested 9 meters as the over/under for Bolt vs Peterson race. I think they set it just about right.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby eldanielfire » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:28 am

Marlow wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:James is the best since Michael Johnson and really really young for someone so exceptional.

Actually, Wariner is the best since MJ

43.45 3. 5. Jeremy WARINER 84 USA F 1. Osaka (JPN) 31.08.2007
. . . (43.75 LaShawn Merritt)
43.94 9. 37. Kirani JAMES 92 GRN F 1. London (GBR) 06.08.2012 1248



kirani James is only 20 and is already World Champion and Olympic Champion. Of course Wariner was very young as he hit 400m success but James seems to be not far off Wariner's best already clearly has the potential to exceed Wariner in the not too distant future.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby jazzcyclist » Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:14 am

eldanielfire wrote:
Marlow wrote:
eldanielfire wrote:James is the best since Michael Johnson and really really young for someone so exceptional.

Actually, Wariner is the best since MJ

43.45 3. 5. Jeremy WARINER 84 USA F 1. Osaka (JPN) 31.08.2007
. . . (43.75 LaShawn Merritt)
43.94 9. 37. Kirani JAMES 92 GRN F 1. London (GBR) 06.08.2012 1248



kirani James is only 20 and is already World Champion and Olympic Champion. Of course Wariner was very young as he hit 400m success but James seems to be not far off Wariner's best already clearly has the potential to exceed Wariner in the not too distant future.

Wariner was the Olympic champion at age 20 with a best time of 44.00, Steve Lewis was the Olympic champion at age 19 with a best time of 43.87 and Quincy Watts was the Olympic champion at age 22 with a best time of 43.50. Most of history's great 400 runners peaked early, not late like Michael Johnson.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby jazzcyclist » Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:18 am

Marlow wrote:At 6'1/217 (185/98) he's a little on the 'beefy' side. Were he to lose some weight, he'd been vulnerable in football again.

I''m guessing that getting under 20.50/46 was nigh on impossible, but more power to him - the publicity, win or lose, would be good for our sport!

My guess is that he would have had to lose at least 20 pounds, and probably 30, to even have a chance at making the team. Would Minnesota have been willing to let him miss most of training camp, before eventually reporting in at 190 pounds?
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby scottmitchell74 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:16 pm

I know he'd lose a lot of his power (but not as much as you'd think, James Brooks was a very violent 185+- and Walter Payton, who Peterson reminds me most of, was 202) but I'd love to see how FAST he'd be. He'd be even quicker with his lateral movements, and once he had a little wiggle room...zoom!

Anyhow, why mess with near-perfection. The man just ran off 2097 yards ONE YEAR after major surgery. If he trains with a similar focus in the off-season strictly with Dickerson in sight, oh, man, the 2013 season can't come soon enough! Woo!
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Dietmar239 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:04 pm

scottmitchell74 wrote:I know he'd lose a lot of his power (but not as much as you'd think, James Brooks was a very violent 185+- and Walter Payton, who Peterson reminds me most of, was 202) but I'd love to see how FAST he'd be. He'd be even quicker with his lateral movements, and once he had a little wiggle room...zoom!

Anyhow, why mess with near-perfection. The man just ran off 2097 yards ONE YEAR after major surgery. If he trains with a similar focus in the off-season strictly with Dickerson in sight, oh, man, the 2013 season can't come soon enough! Woo!


Having followed him since his Sooner days, he is one of the most powerful backs I've ever seen. The guy used to do jumps from the track level to the first stadium step (about 3') while carrying an O-lineman. I've actually seen him do it. I think he'll come back even stronger next year.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Lord_Zanus » Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:18 pm

If nothing else it would give a more accurate impression of how fast an NFL guy actually is vs what the pundits say.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby mal » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:31 am

Marlow wrote:Sounds rather far-fetched to me, but in a home-page-linked article:

Peterson said he was planning on making a run at the Olympics before he injured his knee last year. He had planned on running in a few track meets over the off-season to see how he felt running track again. Peterson said he wants to qualify for the Olympics in the 200- and 400-meter races.


At 6'1/217 (185/98) he's a little on the 'beefy' side. Were he to lose some weight, he'd been vulnerable in football again.

I''m guessing that getting under 20.50/46 was nigh on impossible, but more power to him - the publicity, win or lose, would be good for our sport!


This delusion happens a lot when guys come back from injury. They run so much, that they feel they are every bit as good on the track as they are on the football field. AP is a tremendous athlete. He certainly has the head for hard work.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby jazzcyclist » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:44 am

Lord_Zanus wrote:If nothing else it would give a more accurate impression of how fast an NFL guy actually is vs what the pundits say.

Haven't folks like Trindon Holliday and Jacoby Ford already done this?
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Tuariki » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:22 am

Now that Mo Farah is turned his attention to the 100m, perhaps he and Peterson could have run-off.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Bruce Kritzler » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:50 pm

Peterson ran about 10,60 and 21.45 in high school.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Lord_Zanus » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:48 pm

jazzcyclist wrote:
Lord_Zanus wrote:If nothing else it would give a more accurate impression of how fast an NFL guy actually is vs what the pundits say.

Haven't folks like Trindon Holliday and Jacoby Ford already done this?


Well WE know what Trindon and Jacoby have done, but I think its safe to say that EVERYONE knows who Adrian Peterson is if you get my drift. My point was moreso about the commentary that occurs when the discussions of the fastest guys in the nfl come up. You hear Desean Jackson and Devin Hester but you dont hear Terrance Newman or Jabari Greer. Essentially being the fastest is largely determined on how popular and/or good you actually are on the field. Reality says that Devin Hester isnt even in the top 10 but he's a hell of a return guy so according to the nfl and the fans that automatically means hes faster than everyone.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby GDAWG » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:47 pm

ESPN ranks Marquise Goodwin as the 30th ranked prospect at Wide Receiver, which means fourth or fifth round in the upcoming NFL draft. It'll be interesting to see what he does. Go to the Outdoor championships, where there's no guarantee he'll make the team headed to Moscow. Or does he ply his craft in the NFL, where he's guaranteed to make at least the rookie minimum of $405,000.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby j-a-m » Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:41 am

Question asked by Flotrack on their twitter: AP versus DeAnthony Thomas in a 400, who you got?
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Marlow » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:27 am

j-a-m wrote:Question asked by Flotrack on their twitter: AP versus DeAnthony Thomas in a 400, who you got?

DeAnthony by a mile. That kid is a whippet.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Olli » Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:43 am

Lord_Zanus wrote:Well WE know what Trindon and Jacoby have done, but I think its safe to say that EVERYONE knows who Adrian Peterson is if you get my drift.


I honestly do not know. Who is Adrian Peterson?
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Tuariki » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:33 am

Olli wrote:
Lord_Zanus wrote:Well WE know what Trindon and Jacoby have done, but I think its safe to say that EVERYONE knows who Adrian Peterson is if you get my drift.


I honestly do not know. Who is Adrian Peterson?

I think it is a case of some Americans think the world begins and ends with the USA (and the NFL). :wink:
What is the NFL, he asks??? :lol:
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Marlow » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:49 am

Olli wrote:
Lord_Zanus wrote:Well WE know what Trindon and Jacoby have done, but I think its safe to say that EVERYONE knows who Adrian Peterson is if you get my drift.

I honestly do not know. Who is Adrian Peterson?

If Americans should know who Messi is, furriners oughta know who the BEST footballer is . . . :wink:
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby jazzcyclist » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:08 pm

Tuariki wrote:
Olli wrote:
Lord_Zanus wrote:Well WE know what Trindon and Jacoby have done, but I think its safe to say that EVERYONE knows who Adrian Peterson is if you get my drift.


I honestly do not know. Who is Adrian Peterson?

I think it is a case of some Americans think the world begins and ends with the USA (and the NFL). :wink:
What is the NFL, he asks??? :lol:

Well, this is an American website.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby mal » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:53 pm

Marlow wrote:
Olli wrote:
Lord_Zanus wrote:Well WE know what Trindon and Jacoby have done, but I think its safe to say that EVERYONE knows who Adrian Peterson is if you get my drift.

I honestly do not know. Who is Adrian Peterson?

If Americans should know who Messi is, furriners oughta know who the BEST footballer is . . . :wink:


Actually not many Americans know of Messi either.

Compared to the population. And especially within the red (necked) blooded americans. (Generations removed from moving here) They do know Beckham though. They aren't totally lost.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby mal » Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:54 pm

Bruce Kritzler wrote:Peterson ran about 10,60 and 21.45 in high school.

Apparenlty 10.33 as a junior, but likely hand timed. In that way high schoolers get timed.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby pakillo » Fri Jan 04, 2013 4:14 pm

mal wrote:
Marlow wrote:
Olli wrote:
Lord_Zanus wrote:Well WE know what Trindon and Jacoby have done, but I think its safe to say that EVERYONE knows who Adrian Peterson is if you get my drift.

I honestly do not know. Who is Adrian Peterson?

If Americans should know who Messi is, furriners oughta know who the BEST footballer is . . . :wink:


Actually not many Americans know of Messi either.

Compared to the population. And especially within the red (necked) blooded americans. (Generations removed from moving here) They do know Beckham though. They aren't totally lost.

Never heard of Peterson (just saw who he is). I've only heard something about Tim Tebow but I'm not sure why he is famous lol . I do hope some Americans know who Bode Miller or Kikkan Randall are :)
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby Pego » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:26 pm

Trindon two returning TD's today already. Punt and KO.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby dj » Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:33 pm

mal wrote:
Bruce Kritzler wrote:Peterson ran about 10,60 and 21.45 in high school.

Apparenlty 10.33 as a junior, but likely hand timed. In that way high schoolers get timed.


The 10.33 was definitely auto timed (state champs at UTx), but it was wind-aided (+3.2).
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby doug5321 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:04 pm

all these other sport athletes calling out bolt, but no other sport athletes calling out rudisha in an 800.


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

i think there might be a few other sport athletes who can qualify for the trials, but i dont think any will actually run.

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.

and if they can beat bolt's times they would make similar if not more than they do in their main sport.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby GDAWG » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:14 pm

Trindon Holliday scored both a punt return and kick return in the Denver vs. Baltimore game today. Denver (the team he's playing for) lost.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby jazzcyclist » Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:32 am

GDAWG wrote:Trindon Holliday scored both a punt return and kick return in the Denver vs. Baltimore game today. Denver (the team he's playing for) lost.

He's the first in the history of the NFL playoffs to accomplish this feat.
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Re: Adrian Peterson - Olympic Champion!

Postby gh » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:32 am

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.
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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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