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Who would you want the next 3 seasons: Tony Romo or Adrian Peterson?

Who would you want the next 3 seasons: Tony Romo or Adrian Peterson?

by Derek Wetmore and Phil Mackey
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Adrian Peterson and Tony Romo both are limping to the finish line this season.

It's still unclear if Peterson will play this weekend. The Dallas quarterback reportedly will miss the rest of the year, according to Adam Schefter.

Each is reaching the back end of what is generally considered the prime of their respective careers. Peterson, 28, is a running back in an NFL that has marginalized the position. Romo, 33, is vilified for his massive talent and maddening proclivity to throwing important interceptions.

Phil Mackey polled his Twitter followers recently to see which player fans would prefer.

"Over the next three seasons, would you rather have Tony Romo or Adrian Peterson, Vikings fans?"

The results among people who claimed Vikings fanhood: 31 votes for Peterson; 29 for Romo.

Peterson is approaching the most popular athlete in Minnesota's history, but running back aging curves are frightening beyond the age 30. Romo is perhaps the most polarizing figure in the NFL now that Tim Tebow is unemployed.

Here are a few facts:  good running backs in today's NFL average between 4 and 5 yards per carry in while carrying the ball, let's say, 300 times. Good quarterbacks today average between 7.5 and 9 yards per attempt while throwing 500 to 600 times. The mathematics clearly favor quarterbacks in 2013.

As mentioned, Romo throws interceptions at critical junctures of games. He has a reputation as a choke artist. His stats refute that, to an extent, though. Over the past five seasons, Romo has a 44:15 touchdown-to-interception ratio in fourth quarters. His fourth-quarter completion percentage (64.8), yards per attempt (8.2) and quarterback rating (101.9) also belie his reputation as a big-moment washout.

One final point before I pose a question to you, readers. The best year the Vikings have had since Peterson entered the league was in 2009. That was, of course, the season Brett Favre joined the Vikings and put together a historically wonderful season.

Peterson is an elite running back. Perhaps he's the best ever at the position. His talents, in the context of the modern NFL, simply are not as important as having a decent quarterback. All of that said, Vikings fans still love them some AP, and rightfully so.

Who would you rather have over the next three seasons, Vikings fans, Tony Romo or Adrian Peterson?

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
Email Phil | @PhilMackey | Mackey & Judd
Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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In this story: Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson