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  • 02/17/2013, 08:28AM ET

Adrian Peterson will NOT compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics

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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.


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?


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.


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...

February 17, 2013  07:11 PM ET

This will be difficult to counter, IMO. I'm assuming, of course, that most people on FN are doubtful of Peterson's chances at actually competing in the Olympics.

On that note, I have a similar idea for a TD. "Chances Oscar Pistorius ever competes in an Olympic event again". I'd go with 0%.

February 18, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

On that note, I have a similar idea for a TD. "Chances Oscar Pistorius ever competes in an Olympic event again". I'd go with 0%.

Too soon... Too soon.

February 18, 2013  10:10 AM ET

Clearly, my number 2 should read "2007 NFL Combine" not 2012.

Although, that brings up a good throwdown topic. "Would the Colts or Redskins have taken AD over Andrew Luck and RGIII?"

February 18, 2013  11:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

"Would the Colts or Redskins have taken AD over Andrew Luck and RGIII?"

I think the answer is easily no.

February 18, 2013  12:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I think the answer is easily no.

Easily? AD has clearly shown that he can put a team on his shoulders even with an incompetent QB. In the Colts case, they could have had the best of both worlds by keeping Peyton Manning and still allowing AD to shoulder the load.

February 18, 2013  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Easily? AD has clearly shown that he can put a team on his shoulders even with an incompetent QB. In the Colts case, they could have had the best of both worlds by keeping Peyton Manning and still allowing AD to shoulder the load.

Well, then I guess that is where the difference is. Would the TD include the fact that we know Adrian Peterson's NFL success? I was under the assumption that you weren't.

February 18, 2013  12:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Well, then I guess that is where the difference is. Would the TD include the fact that we know Adrian Peterson's NFL success? I was under the assumption that you weren't.

Absolutely. Otherwise, as you said it, the answer is easily no. Knowing AD's production to this point and Luck's and RGIII's 2012 production, would the Colts or Redskins take AD over the QBs.

It's definitely debatable. I think the Colts take AD, hands down. The Redskins are a little tougher to call because they got good production out of Morris.

February 18, 2013  02:34 PM ET

He has the drive and the genetics (including recovery ability from training/injury).
If he dropped some of the unnecessary bulk (say 20-25 pounds) and trained full time for 2 years with an elite sprint coach, it's not as completely absurd as it sounds to suggest he could compete. He ran a 10.33 at age 16 back in the day.

February 18, 2013  05:45 PM ET
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Absolutely. Otherwise, as you said it, the answer is easily no. Knowing AD's production to this point and Luck's and RGIII's 2012 production, would the Colts or Redskins take AD over the QBs.It's definitely debatable. I think the Colts take AD, hands down. The Redskins are a little tougher to call because they got good production out of Morris.

It depends on whether the Colts have Peyton Manning or not.

If the Colts have Peyton Manning "they take AD, hands down". Agreed.

If the Colts don't have Peyton Manning then they'd have to take Andrew Luck.

February 18, 2013  06:41 PM ET

I would say that right put as good as an argument as you could on this.

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February 19, 2013  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This will be difficult to counter, IMO. I'm assuming, of course, that most people on FN are doubtful of Peterson's chances at actually competing in the Olympics.On that note, I have a similar idea for a TD. "Chances Oscar Pistorius ever competes in an Olympic event again". I'd go with 0%.

Pistorius could compete in the winter biathalon....he'd need some bladeskis but I hear he can shoot...

February 19, 2013  03:31 PM ET
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Pistorius could compete in the winter biathalon....he'd need some bladeskis but I hear he can shoot...

<Groan!>

February 19, 2013  05:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Pistorius could compete in the winter biathalon....he'd need some bladeskis but I hear he can shoot...

yeah but how many bathroom doors will there be on the course?

February 19, 2013  07:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Pistorius could compete in the winter biathalon....he'd need some bladeskis but I hear he can shoot...

Not soon enough.

February 21, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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yeah but how many bathroom doors will there be on the course?

Do portajohns count???

February 22, 2013  07:49 AM ET

Are we waiting until the 2016 Olympics to finish this thing up or what?

February 22, 2013  02:22 PM ET
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Not soon enough.

You mean too soon?

February 22, 2013  02:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

You mean too soon?

No.

 
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