Peterson: If not Vikes, Texas team on mind

Updated: December 5, 2013, 1:58 PM ET

Ben Goessling |

Adrian Peterson is signed through 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings, meaning the reigning NFL MVP is scheduled to play out the rest of his prime for the team that drafted him in 2007.

And while Peterson says he’d like to spend his entire career in Minnesota, he admitted Wednesday in an ESPN Radio interview that he has also thought about what it would be like to play for another team — namely, one in his home state of Texas.

“You know, I’d be a liar if I said it’s something that hasn’t crossed my mind before,” Peterson said on SVP and Russillo.

“But I’ve also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that. But being from Texas, I’ve always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home. Or to play in Houston.”

Peterson grew up in Palestine, Texas, about two hours from Dallas, and rooted for the Cowboys as a kid. He lives in Houston in the offseason, and did most of his rehab from reconstructive knee surgery there in 2012.

He bought tickets for more than 100 friends and family when the Vikings played in Houston last December. When the Vikings traveled to Dallas on Nov. 3, Peterson purchased tickets for a smaller circle of people — 62, to be exact.

Peterson said before the game he knew many of his family and friends would be rooting for the Cowboys. But what he said then sounded very similar to what he said on ESPN Radio this week.

“I’d be lying to say it didn’t mean something, anytime you play at home and play against the Cowboys, the team I grew up watching and liking,” Peterson said on Oct. 31. “My hometown’s an hour and change from there. It’s still another game, but then again, having family there — Dallas is where I lost my brother [who was killed by a drunk driver when Adrian Peterson was 7], as well. We stayed there for a few years before we moved back to Palestine. So, you know, it’s always good to go back there.”

  • Previously covered Vikings for St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Also covered Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Wild and Washington Nationals
  • Twin Cities native and University of Minnesota graduate

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