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Adrian Peterson Is The Number 4 Player In The Top 100

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The best running back in the NFL finishes behind two quarterbacks and a wide receiver...and ahead of everyone else

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NFL.com's annual top 100 players list revealed the top ten last night, and Adrian Peterson was, not surprisingly, one of the top players in the game.

Peterson came in ranked as the top running back and number four overall, one spot ahead of self-proclaimed best running back in the NFL LeSean McCoy.  The top ranked player is Denver QB Peyton Manning, with Detroit's Calvin Johnson at number two, and Tom Brady of the Pats ranked third.

Discounting the 2011 season, in which he was injured and missed the final four and a half games, Peterson had career lows in yards (1,266), and tied for lowest in rushing TD's, with 10.  Still, when you consider that with the exception of one season, teams have been putting 8 and 9 guys near the line of scrimmage to stop him, and he still runs for over 1,200 yards...that's pretty damn amazing.

As to the list as a whole, Peterson was the only member of the Vikings to make the top 100. To be fair, Jared Allen of the Bears made the list at 68, but obviously, that was all based on his time playing for Minnesota. So he kind of counts. Wait, he more than kind of counts, we'll count him.

For Peterson, it's the fourth time making this list. He was the number three player in 2011, number eight in 2012, and was the top player last year.