MINNEAPOLIS —Vikings Owner and President Mark Wilf said Wednesday that "we'd love to have" Adrian Peterson back.
"I think, as you've heard from Coach (Mike) Zimmer and our General Manager Rick Spielman, you know, Adrian has done a lot of good in this community," Wilf said. "He's done a lot for us on the football field as well, and of course, he's a Minnesota Viking and we'd love to have him back. Of course a lot depends on the NFL and the steps he's making on his own personal journey, but that's where we're at with it.
Wilf was speaking to reporters after the unveiling of the Wilf Family Center at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital, an intellectual center that will allow for the exchange of medical information and insights to advance pediatric care in Minnesota and beyond. The Wilf Family Center was made possible through a $5 million gift from the Wilf Family Foundation.
Wilf was asked about the facility that will be a resource for physicians, patients and their families, the progress of the new Vikings stadium and the star running back who is currently suspended by the NFL until April 15.
Peterson, a first-round draft pick by Minnesota in 2007 and NFL MVP in 2012, missed all but the 2014 season-opener through a deactivation for a game, followed by placement on the Commissioner's Exempt List and then a suspension issued by Roger Goodell that went into effect before the final three games of the season.
The NFL Players Association appealed the suspension on Peterson's behalf Feb. 6 and is awaiting a ruling.