'They'll see': Adrian Peterson aiming for big night against Vikings
Adrian Peterson plans to have a big game against his former team.
The running back signed with New Orleans last week after 10 years with the Vikings, and in a twist of scheduling fate will play his first game at U.S. Bank Stadium, a Sept. 11 Monday night game.
Peterson’s former teammates weren’t allowed to tackle him in practice, and he used to taunt them about what he could do against them in a real game.
In an interview posted on the Saints’ website, Peterson referenced that old back-and-forth.
“I can let them know (that) when I was doing that talking, telling them, ‘Hey, I’ll hit you guys for 150 or 200 yards,’ that I wasn’t just talking,” he said. “They’ll see.”
When first asked about facing the Vikings, Peterson joked, “Revenge.”
“It’s going to be exciting,’’ he said. “You know, it’s just ironic. When the schedule came out and I saw that, I was like, ‘Wow, this is meant to be.’ So many great memories down there in Minnesota. Great fan base. They supported me through everything, throughout my career, so just to embrace the love once I get there will be exciting.’’
Peterson, 32, the leading rusher in Vikings history with 11,747 yards, said he doesn’t even know where the visiting locker room is at U.S. Bank Stadium.
“I’m looking forward to going against my defense, guys that I’ve been practicing against for so long, hearing them yack about, ‘You couldn’t do this against me, against us,’ ” Peterson said.