10 months after tearing his ACL and MCL, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is defying all odds on the field. Now he has some advice for Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose who also tore his ACL but has yet to return to the court. Read more after the jump.
“How far out is he (six months)?” Peterson said. “My advice for him would be to just attack it. Right now, the ligament is strong enough to cut with it. Don’t be hesitant. When you’re out doing drills, do it as you normally would any other day. Push yourself and challenge yourself. That’s the only way you’ll build the strength and confidence to where it should be.”
Peterson, who leads the NFL with 957 yards rushing, said “90 percent” of his rehab was mental.
“And that’s what I would tell him: ‘Man, you’re (six months out), you’re strong, you can’t damage it unless a freak accident takes place,” he said. “Attack it like any other day and make sure, when you’re done working out, you know you’ve accomplished something.’ “
Peterson said it was shocking to find out that he is an inspiration to Rose and admits it was tough seeing a fellow athlete go through that. He believes Rose can fight through it and come back even better than before.