Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, on bounties and the NFC title game: “The NFL taught the entire league a lesson”
Much of the focus of the NFL’s bounty investigation has included talk of the 2009 NFC title game featuring the Saints and the Vikings. During that game, QB Brett Favre was repeatedly drilled, and he wound up limping from it.
Unveiled yesterday was the NFL’s evidence that had Saints players and others pledging $35,000 to knock out Favre. Yikes. Our own Steve Wyche had a thorough look at all of this.
Well today, after the Vikings’ walk-through, I talked with Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who was on that team. We talked about plenty of things, including his knee, and a lot of our interview aired on NFL Total Access. There will also be an in-depth story on NFL.com Wednesday.
But with regards to the bounty story, I asked one question. Does that figure — $35,000 — still make his eyes pop?
“Well, a little bit,” Peterson told me. “But I’d be naïve to sit here and say that I don’t think stuff like that happens. It happens. And a lot of people like to say, especially Vikings fans, that are biased (smiles), maybe that’s the reason why… No, that’s not the reason why we lost that game. That was all on us. It was unfortunate that they had the bounty out on Favre. He took some hits that … whew, it hurt me. But it is what it is. The NFL taught the entire league a lesson that, ‘Hey, this will not be tolerated,’ and I’m sure it won’t be happening again.”