Acquiring Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson would make the NFL's Dallas Cowboys “unstoppable,” says Dez Bryant, the team's star wide receiver and franchise player. Bryant, who described Peterson as a “monster” player, made the bold declaration to TMZ.com.
"If that could happen I would love it. We are both from East Texas. We believe in the same thing. Just as much as he loves the game, I love the game the same way. It would be very special,” Bryant told the sports and entertainment website Sunday. "The Vikings [are] not letting that happen, 'cause if they did, the league would know what would happen. That man is a monster."
Bryant, who has 56 career touchdown receptions and 5,425 total receiving yards in just three years in the league, is a monster himself on the field -- being named twice to the NFL's Pro Bowl. Bryant also was named to the NFL All-Pro First Team in 2014.
Peterson was the league’s most valuable player in 2012 and was named to the Pro Bowl six times from 2007 to 2010, 2012 and 2013. Peterson is also a three-time All-Pro First Team member in 2008, 2009 and 2012. He also led the league in rushing yards twice, in 2008 and 2012.
The 30-year-old Peterson was born in Palestine, Texas, while the 26-year-old Bryant was born in Galveston County, Texas. Both played high school football in their hometowns.
Recent reports say the Cowboys are willing to trade their 2016 first-round pick for Peterson, but it remains to be seen if the Vikings, who have Peterson under contract for the upcoming season, would be willing to make a deal. Earlier in the offseason, Dallas team owner Jerry Jones admitted that the Cowboys would be interested in Peterson, who was reinstated by the league in February after missing most of the 2014 season following his indictment on domestic abuse charges in connection with the beating of his child with a tree branch. Peterson eventually agreed to a plea deal with Texas authorities, clearing the way for his reinstatement by the league.
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