Adrian Peterson Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Wife

Adrian Peterson Net Worth 

Adrian Peterson has an estimated net worth of $1 million. He earns most of his income from his American football career in the National Football League. However, it was confirmed that Peterson was broke because he had entrusted his finances to the wrong people. A Pennsylvania lender sued him for repayment of a $5.2 million loan. Along with interest and legal fees, Adrian was to pay the plaintiff $6.6 million. As this news broke, it was also reported that he had been ordered to repay a $2.4 million loan to a Maryland lender.

Adrian began his college football career at Oklahoma University, where he quickly became the first freshman to finish runner-up in the ‘Heinsman Trophy.’ In fact, he won the ‘NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year’ award in his first season with the Minnesota Vikings. It didn’t take long for him to become the fifth fastest player to run for 5,000 yards. He is currently the third player in American NFL history to surpass 10,000 rushing yards.

But he was suspended in 2014 for causing a negligent injury to his son, but he was reinstated to the Vikings the following year. He left the ‘Minnesota Vikings’ in early 2017 and signed a two-year contract with the ‘New Orleans Saints.’

To calculate the net worth of Adrian Peterson, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Adrian Peterson
Net Worth: $1 Million
Monthly Salary: $150 Thousand
Annual Salary: $2 Million
Source of Wealth: American football player

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Early Life

Adrian Lewis was born in Palestine, Texas on March 21, 1985 to Nelson Peterson and Bonita Brown. His father was a star basketball player, so he aspired to be an athlete as well.

He was raised in a Christian home. Brian, his elder brother, was also a confidant of his. Unfortunately, his brother was killed by a drunken truck driver when he was seven years old.

The traumatic incident shattered him, and he turned to sports to cope with the loss of his best friend. He went to ‘Palestine High School,’ where he excelled in three sports: basketball, track and field, and football. However, football became his primary interest in his later years.

He continued to win races such as the 200 and 100 meters, and he finished second to Ivory Williams in the ‘2004 World Junior Championship’ 100 meter dash.

He applied to Oklahoma University after graduating from high school. In his freshman year, he was a member of the ‘Oklahoma Sooners’ football team, which was coached by Bob Stoops.

He set his first NCAA freshman record with 1,925 yards, a hundred yard record for each game. He suffered a minor shoulder dislocation but finished the season with an NCAA record for the most 100-yard rushing records by a freshman.

Early Football Career

Adrian decided to forego his senior year and enter the 2007 NFL Draft. When he first entered the league, he was compared to great legends like Eric Dickerson and Gale Sayers.

A few teams were concerned about his early college injuries. Nonetheless, the Minnesota Vikings selected him as their first running back that season. He agreed to a five-year contract worth 40.5 million dollars.

In 2007, he made his debut against the St. Louis Rams. His performance was outstanding, and he later stated in a press conference that he hoped to be named ‘Offensive Rookie of the Year.’

He wasn’t far from his dream, as he quickly became the ‘NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month’ and set the season record for most 100-yard rushing attempts.

On November 4, 2007, he bolstered his national football career with a 296-yard rush and three touchdowns against the ‘San Diego Chargers.’ For the second time in NFL history, he was the only rookie to cross 200 yards.

He made two touchdowns with 78 yards rushing in his first ‘Monday Night Football’ game on December 17, that year, and was clearly selected as the starting running back for the NFC’Pro Bowl Team.

His outstanding performance at the NFL Pro Bowl in 2008, which included 129 yards rushing and two touchdowns, earned him the title of ‘NFL Pro Bowl MVP.’

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Career With Minnesota Vikings

Peterson’s career flourished with the Minnesota Vikings. His team started the 2008 season with a loss to the Indianapolis Colts but won the next game against the Carolina Panthers.

His team won the following two games against the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions. He had the leading rushing record of 13,11 yards by week 16 and finished the season with 1760 yards.

He was named to the AP All-Pro team for the second time in 2009. Coach Brad Childress gave Peterson a lot of carries, which gave him a lot of responsibility. He exceeded 917 rushing yards by week 10 of the 2009 season, not disappointing his coach.

He had 25 carries, 180 yards, and three touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns. He led his team to victory over the Dallas Cowboys, but they were defeated by the New Orleans Saints in the ‘NFL Championship.’

Adrian experienced a great deal of success in 2010. By the sixth week of the season, he had set a career-high rushing total of 5000 yards and was selected to represent his team in the ‘Pro Bowl.’ He was even ranked third overall in the ‘NFL Top 100 Players of 2011’.

In 2011, the Vikings extended Peterson’s contract, paying him a whopping 96 million dollars, making him the highest paid running back in the NFL.

Recent Seasons

He was suspended in 2014 after being accused of child abuse. He was apparently convicted of injuring his son with a tree branch and was thus suspended from the team with no pay for that season.

He was reinstated into the league the following season and returned to his team on June 2, 2015. He suffered a knee injury the following season and had surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The following year, he was promoted to the active roster and had six carries against the Indianapolis Colts. However, due to his injury, he was released by the Vikings in early 2017.

However, on April 25, 2017, he was immediately signed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints for $7 million with a signing bonus of $2 million.

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Awards & Achievements

He was named the top high school player in 2005 by ‘College Football News’ and ‘Rivals.com.’ In 2007, he set the record for most rushing yards in a single game with 296 against the ‘San Diego Chargers.’

Among his many accomplishments, he has the most rushing yards in an eight-game span with a total of 1322 and is the only player after Eric Dickerson to be named NFL MVP and NFL Rushing Champion in the same year in 2012.

In his first 30 professional games, he set a record of 3,101 rushing yards. After Eric Dickerson’s 3,600 yards and Jim Brown’s 3,144 yards, it was the third best running backs record.

He also became the fourth running back in league history to lead the league in yards per game in his first two seasons, joining Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, and Erick Dickerson.

Personal Life & Wife

Peterson’s father was arrested and sentenced to ten years in prison for drug money laundering. He also had a half-brother named Jaylon Brown, who was murdered the night before he was scheduled to play in the NFL Combine.

Ashley Brown is Adrian Peterson’s wife. They married in 2014 and have a son named Axl Eugene Peterson. Ashley and Adrian got into a verbal spat on a flight, and the player’s wife later filed a domestic violence complaint against him. The case was eventually resolved.

Peterson allegedly fathered six children: Tyrese, Axl, Adeje, and Adrian Jr. He was said to be violent towards his own children. This happened many years ago when he was accused of beating his child with a tree branch. As a result, he missed the 2014 season. In 2013, Peterson also lost his son. It is believed that the newborn was the victim of an attack by the child’s mother’s boyfriend.

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