Before Adrian Peterson, taking a year to come back from ACL surgery was OK. Needing an extra year to return to normal off an ACL injury was standard. Again, that was before Peterson.
Now people just figure Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will be back by the regular season. Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose becomes a punchline when he's not back on the basketball court in less than a year.
Look at Adrian Peterson – he's the best running back in the NFL, and he was back in nine months.
Peterson, the star running back for the Vikings, understands that his unprecedented recovery changed the game.
"I know with 'D. Rose' people are coming down on him, and all that comes with it, because I set the standard high," Peterson said during a phone interview, as part of a "Show Us Your EpiPens"campaign. "But not everybody’s body heals like mine, and you can’t jump to conclusions about anyone.
"People’s bodies don’t heal the same. That’s the main thing." (Yahoo! Sports)