Peterson excited to be in big game

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 9:21 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 9:21 a.m.

Adrian Peterson stood in the middle of the melee wearing dark glasses and posing for pictures with fans disguised as members of the media.

It was finally hitting him, being in the stadium with all of the banners and logos, a sea of reporters elbowing from player to player looking for a soundbite or a new quote.

“I'm in the Super Bowl,” he said with a smile as big as Alachua County.

The former Santa Fe High School running back embraced Media Day at the Super Bowl with wide eyes and a level of excitement usually reserved for a kid.

“It's a little hard to believe,” Peterson (the son of Porter and Reatha Peterson) said. “But come Sunday, that's when you have to be ready to play.”

Most of his play will come as a member of the Chicago Bears' special teams, an area where he has excelled. Peterson has 16 tackles this season including a pair in the NFC Championship Game.

A running back who won the Walter Payton Award at Georgia Southern, the carries have been few and far between for Peterson. He has only 10 this season, about the same number he'd have received in a quarter in college.

But who's complaining?

“We had a great season and I'm getting paid to do it,” he said. “I actually played special teams in high school so it came natural. Starting out, I had to adjust to it again, but now I love it.”

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