It turns out NFL players agree with Adrian Peterson more than LeSean McCoy when it comes to who is the best running back in the NFL.
Peterson, despite a down season due to injuries for the Minnesota Vikings, was voted the fourth-best player — and the top running back — in the NFL, according to NFL Network’s annual Top 100, chosen by the league’s players.
NFL Network annually polls NFL players to put together the ranking, which had Peterson as the No. 1 player in the league in last year’s voting.
Peterson was fifth in the league in rushing last season with 1,266 yards, despite playing in only 14 games and being slowed by foot and groin injuries. Peterson was second in the league, averaging 90.4 rushing yards per game.
Of course, McCoy led the league in rushing last season, which led the Philadelphia Eagles running back to boast he’s the league’s best back.
Peterson shook off the claims.
"I don’t really kind of get into it," Peterson said at minicamp last month. "I’m confident in what I’m able to do. I chuckle because it was kind of how he responded, it was kind of funny. It is what it is. A young guy, he’s making his name and just trying to stake his claim. But numbers don’t lie."
Peterson ran for the second-highest, single-season rushing total in history two years ago with 2,097 yards. Peterson owns the second-most rushing yards of any active NFL back, ranking 27th in history with 10,115 yards.
Atlanta’s Steven Jackson, who has three more years in the league, has run for 10,678 yards.
Peterson knew he wouldn’t be ranked No. 1 in the Top 100 list. Just like when he won the MVP award and was named No. 1 last year, Peterson predicted the reigning MVP, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, would be the top vote-getter again.
"I feel like I’m the best," Peterson said when asked about the voting. "Peyton will be one, of course."