The Detroit Lions have done fight with Adrian Peterson through the years, and Matthew Stafford keeps in mind plenty of those fights given he lived them up close.

Undoubtedly, Stafford was on the losing end of plenty of those games and Peterson was a big reason why. The runner typically ran wild against the quarterback and his group, and as an outcome, Stafford was happy to lastly see Peterson on the ideal side of things and joining him in the offensive backfield.

Speaking on Monday, Stafford was inquired about the addition of Peterson and stated he was excited. Additionally, he stated he knows the tough working routines of Peterson will help press the group to new heights this season and serve as a motivating factor.

” Thankful to see him in our uniform. Saw him too numerous years in the Purple and Gold and he was doing his thing against us. Good to have him, obviously a truly gifted player, one of the greats at the position. I believe he raises the bar for a great deal of people simply to head out there and view how this guy operates at the age that he is and what he’s already accomplished. It’s pretty outstanding. We’re excited to have him. Whenever you add gifted men to your team it’s going to help give us a better possibility to win games. I know he’s delighted to be here and we’re thrilled to have him.”

Exited seems to be an understatement for the Lions gamers, who seem to have actually gotten a major shot in the arm from the addition of Peterson, a gamer most grew up seeing and revering.

Having him around is something that may benefit the team as an entire if Stafford is to be thought.

In his profession, Peterson has torched the NFC North, something which the Lions know all too well from years of contending versus him. Pro Football Focus revealed that in his profession running against the division, Peterson had an 89.4 grade in general.

That’s not even the half of it in terms of Peterson’s outrageous production head to head against the division. In total, he’s hurried for 5,185 and 41 touchdowns versus his closest competition he had during his career. In regards to damage, Peterson has done the most versus the Green Bay Packers, with 1,975 yards and 16 scores in his career.

Certainly, Peterson has lots of miles on his tires, however his resurfacing in the department he torched for many years is definitely notable for competitors he has actually been familiar with well and play great against when he’s fit up.

In his career, Peterson has actually been among the more efficient backs in football. The 2012 NFL MVP stuck with the Vikings from 2007-2016, then landing with the Saints and Cardinals and finally in Washington for the last 2 seasons. Peterson is a lock to be in the Hall of Popularity quickly when his profession ends offered his exploits. The previous Oklahoma Sooner is likewise a 7 time Pro Bowl gamer and a 4 time first string All-Pro runner too.

This season, Peterson might make NFL history with the Lions. Peterson’s 14,216 career hurrying lawns currently ranks 5th all-time, and he routes Barry Sanders’ 15,269 backyards. That indicates Peterson could surpass Sanders this season if he rushes for 1,054 backyards at the age of 35 in Detroit.

It would be a fascinating post script if Peterson was to play the last years of his profession with the Lions and manage to exceed Sanders. That’s particularly true given his standing as a long period of time Lions rival and timeless tormentor.

Stafford has been on that side of the rivalry for too long, so he is certainly enjoyed have a player he believes can alter the game on his side.