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Position: Running Back
Height: 6-1
Weight: 217
College: Oklahoma
Hometown: Palestine, Texas
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Games and Starts

Professional Biography

Comes to the Vikings as the 10th RB selected by the team in the 1st round...The only RBs selcted as high or higher than Peterson were Tommy Mason (#1, 1961), Clinton Jones (#2, 1967) and Darrin Nelson (#7, 1982)...The lone OU Sooner drafted by the Vikings in the 1st round...Teammates at OU with Rufus Alexander.

College Information

A 3-time All-Big 12 1st-Team honoree...A 2004 Associated Press 1st-Team All-America, the 1st OU true freshman to earn the honor and the 1st true freshman on the team since 1996 (Dre Bly)...Leaves OU ranked among the top Sooner RBs in school history despite playing only 31 games over 3 seasons...Set the school record with 1,925 yards as a freshman in 2004, breaking Billy Sims’ record of 1,896 in 1978...Broke Ron Dayne’s NCAA freshman rushing record he set at Wisconsin when coached by Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress...Tied NCAA freshman record for fewest games to reach 1,000 yards with 7, matching Emmitt Smith and Marshall Faulk...Ranks 3rd in OU history with 4,045 yards and 4th with 41 rushing TDs...Finished as 2004 Heisman Trophy runner-up...The only OU rushers with more career yardage are Billy Sims (4,118) and Joe Washington (4,071)...Broke the 100-yard mark in 22 career games of his 31 contests, 1 shy of the school record...Ran for 200+ yards in 6 career games.

2006 Earned 1st-Team All-Big 12 honors...Semifinalist for Doak Walker and Maxwell Awards...Broke the 100-yard mark in 6 of the opening 7 games of the season...Missed 7 games after injuring collarbone against Iowa State...Returned for thrilling Fiesta Bowl game vs. Boise State for his final collegiate game...Ran for season-high 211 yards on 34 attempts at Oregon.

2005 Tabbed an All-Big 12 choice and ranked 2nd in Big 12 rushing despite missing time in 4 games...Rattled off career-long 84-yard TD run vs. Oklahoma State en route to a 237-yard day...Team topped Oregon in Holiday Bowl.

2004 Finished as runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting, the highest by a freshman in the history of the award...Finalist for Doak Walker Award as nation’s top RB...Set an NCAA record for freshman rushing with 1,925 yards...Was a consensus All-America, including being recognized by Associated Press as a 1st-Team honoree...Was the 1st OU freshman to be recognized as a 1st-Team AP All-America...Set Sooners single-season record with 1,925 yards...Broke the 100-yard mark 11 times and set NCAA freshman record with 9 straight...Set NCAA freshman mark with 339 attempts.

Personal Biography

Comes from an athletic family as mother, Bonita Jackson, was a track and field star and father, Nelson Peterson, was a collegiate basketball player at Idaho State...His uncle, Ivory Lee Brown, was an NFL player and suited up for the Vikings in 1993...Endured the tragic loss of his brother as a youth and his stepbrother the night before the NFL Scouting Combine...Superstitous about always praying in pregame  moments and the fit of his shoes...Majored in sociology...Has a daughter, Adeja.