Peterson says famous 2009 run at Cleveland is 'top 3' in career
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has had more than a handful of dominant, jaw-dropping runs in his seven-year career.
But when he lines up against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, one in particular will pop back into his mind.
"The one from Cleveland definitely sticks in my mind, just how many people contributed on that play to make it happen," Peterson said. "I always remember just pushing that guy...when I shoved the guy out of bounds."
"Probably top 3," Peterson said. "I haven't watched it in a long time."
At the time in 2009, Browns cornerback Eric Wright came at his hip before Peterson's right palm connected with Wright's helmet and shoved him out of bounds on the way to a 64-yard touchdown.
"The guy was coming up behind me and Sidney [Rice] ended up blocking him and pushing him out and [I] had to get my gear going and get to the endzone," Peterson said. "That's a play I think about a lot."
Through two weeks in 2013, the Browns run defense ranks fourth in the league after allowing an average of 59.5 yards per game.
Peterson has averaged just under 100 yards in losses at the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears, but has lost two fumbles in the process and even said he needed to do some 'soul searching' after Sunday's loss where he said he felt hesitant.
"I was hesitant on some. Even though I didn't realize it when I'm out there playing...I can see on film I was trying to do too much instead of taking what the defense gave me," Peterson said. "[The Browns] are pretty good up front, pretty stout on first level, some fast guys at the linebacker positions. This is what we do, we run the ball, we pride ourselves on being able to establish the run game. It'll be a good challenge for us."