- 02/17/2013, 08:28AM ET
ColoNative said 02/17, 08:28 AM
Adrian Peterson has stated in many interviews that he wants to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. His goal is to qualify and compete in the 200 and or the 400.
Adrian Peterson is a phenomenal athlete, but not a world class sprinter. He will not qualify for the following reasons:
1. Getting out of the blocks. In short distance races the margin of victory is so small that world class sprinters' 'out of the block time' is key to victory and is a craft learned through years of training.
2. His current workout regimen. Training as an NFL RB and a world class sprinter are two different training regimens. How can he do both?
3. Injuries. Although he recovered from his knee injury, the damage to the knee is still there and has a negative impact.
I will expand on the above reasons in my next arguments.
DO_WORK_SON said 02/18, 09:02 AM
1. "Out of the block time is key to victory..."
2008 Beijing Olympics -- Usain Bolt -- 0-10 meters -- 1.85 seconds -- .00185 sec/cm
2007 NFL Combine -- Adrian Peterson -- 0-10 yards -- 1.53 seconds -- .00167 sec/cm
It looks to me as though AD gets out of the blocks just fine.
2. "Training as an NFL RB and a world class sprinter are two different training regimens."
2008 Beijing Olympics -- Usain Bolt -- 0-40 meters -- 4.65 seconds -- .00116 sec/cm
2012 NFL Combine -- Adrian Peterson -- 0-40 yards -- 4.38 seconds -- .00119 sec/cm
At the point where most sprinters start to hit their top speed, AD is moving only .00003 sec/cm slower than the greatest 100m/200m runner in the world. It seems to me that as different as their training regimens are, AD seems to be doing just fine. Can you imagine if he actually put in some training with a sprinting coach?
3. "... the damage to the knee is still there and has a negative impact."
2012 NFL Season -- Adrian Peterson
2,097 Yards (2nd all-time; most in career)
6.0 Yards/Carry (Best Average of Career)
Longest Run - 82 Yards (Longest of Career)
Negative impact? Is today opposite day?
ColoNative said 02/19, 08:01 PM
Getting out of the blocks: Adrian Peterson has never trained on getting out of the blocks. World class sprinters train for years at perfecting this craft. At short distance sprints like the 200 or 400, the margin of victory is so slim that out-of-the-block time can mean the difference between a better-than-average sprinter and a world class sprinter
AP is a better-than-average sprinter, not an Olympia
Injury: Although AP's knee healed amazingly, and he put up great as (as you stated)....he has two football seasons to play before the 2016 Olympics. Chances are, he will suffer another injury, maybe not a severe knee injury, but some injury that will have a negative impact on hi chances on becoming a world class sprinter.
Combine 40 vs. Olympic 200 or 400: Again, AP is a better-than-average sprinter not an Olympian. Football players are good at the 40. That does not make them Olympians.
More to come in the difference between football training and training to be an Olympic sprinter.
DO_WORK_SON said 02/19, 08:56 PM
I like the part where you posted your second argument by rewording your first argument that I already refuted...
What do 1981, 1982, and 1983 have in common? Probably lots of things, but those are all years that Bonita Jackson (AD's mom) won the Texas State Championship in the 100 meter dash. She posted times of 11.7, 11.7, and 11.4 respectively. Just for good measure, she threw in state championships in the 200 meter dash in 1982 and 1983.
As Yoda stated in the comments, AD is said to have run a 10.33s 100 meter dash in high school... Not bad for a teenager whose primary focus is football... Especially considering that the 2012 Olympics 'A' standard qualifying time was 10.18s.
AD is an elite athlete. He has the genetics and the ability to compete in the Olympics. We are talking about a man who has the determination to come back 8 months after an ACL tear to come only 9 yards shy of the all-time season rushing record. Not a man I feel good about betting against...
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