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Updated: January 22nd, 2014 1:34pm
NFL players want to see Adrian Peterson make it to the Super Bowl

NFL players want to see Adrian Peterson make it to the Super Bowl

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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Adrian Peterson never has played in a Super Bowl. But NFL players want that to change, according to an anonymous survey.

ESPN.com Vikings reporter Ben Goessling posted a story based on a national survey of more than 320 NFL players, who were not allowed to vote for their teammates. Among players who have not been to the Super Bowl, more players polled said they'd like to see Peterson get to the big game than any other player.

Peterson received 59 votes, three more than Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, according to Goessling. Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson was third on the list.

Here's a snippet from Goessling's report:

"That's pretty cool," Peterson said. "It feels good. I guess guys are able to see the passion that I play with, the desire I play with, and they respect it enough to make that type of statement.

"It says a lot, and it means a lot."

Vikings fans will remember the bitter defeat in the 2009 NFC Championship game. It's perhaps less hurtful to think forward than it is to reflect. So Peterson and his fans can take heart to the fact that players around the league would like to see Peterson in the Super Bowl.

The Vikings hope that new coach Mike Zimmer will be the one to get Peterson there.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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