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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Peterson's wild week

This has been a busy week off the field for rookie Adrian Peterson, who has been bombarded with congratulatory phone calls and messages after his NFL-record 296-yard rushing game against San Diego.

"Too many phone calls. Too many text messages coming through," Peterson said. "I don't think I've checked them all, but it's been a wild week so far."

Peterson said the attention has been even greater than after his 224-yard game at Chicago and the list of well wishers includes some big names.

"The most famous person? I would say Barry Sanders," Peterson said. "He just congratulated me on breaking the record and just wished me the best."

In addition to Sanders' message, Peterson has drawn increased media interest.

Wednesday, he did a live interview on the NFL Network and ESPN's Kenny Mayne was at Winter Park today for an upcoming "Mayne Event" segment on the rookie's iron-fisted handshake.

Peterson said he hasn't heard from Cleveland running back Jamal Lewis, whose record he broke, or done anything yet to reward his offensive linemen and other blockers.

"Actually, I'm in the process of getting something together for those guys," Peterson said. "But I'm pretty sure they're going to want a steak or something to go along with that."

Not wanting to ruin the surprise, Peterson wouldn't say what he has planned.


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