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Adrian Peterson's Contract with Nike Terminated by Company posted on 11/09/2014

There’s another log to throw onto the proverbial fire, concerning Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson. Shoe conglomerate Nike has pulled it’s endorsement of the potential future Hall Of Famer.

The news coming in the wake of Peterson’s no contest plea to charges of child injury involving his children. People have speculated that Nike waited for the no contest plea from Peterson so they can easily pull out of their contract and distance themselves from the Vikings running back without any sort of financial penalty.

After Adrian Peterson’s no contest, he entered into a plea deal yet that had little effect on his status with the NFL, as the league rejected his offer to be immediately re-instated.

This is a huge step in the way NFL players are perceived. No longer does on field performance matter, so nearly as much as the off field persona one creates and maintains. Already a multi-billion dollar industry, the NFL becomes bigger and bigger each and every year.

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The 2014 Minnesota Vikings Report Card posted on 09/23/2014

Adrian Peterson has been amazing the past few years but the running back has not had a solid quarterback to help him out. Matt Cassel provided solid minutes in the quarterback role but the team knows he isn’t the signal caller that team needs if it were to advance into the playoffs. The Vikings hope that rookie Teddy Bridgewater would be the answer.

To be fair, the Vikings have some weapons for Bridgewater to utilize. Aside from Peterson whom the opposing defenses would be looking to stop, there’s Cordarrelle Patterson who showed some flashes of brilliance during the latter part of the season. Offensive coordinator Nury Turner would have to get the sophomore heavily involved this time to get the most out of Patterson. He’ll start across from Greg Jennings who disappointed last year.  Bridgewater will have other options lie tight end Kyle Rudolph and Jerome Simpson.

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