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Peterson Itching To Face Titans In Vikings Season Opener

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. —Adrian Peterson is gearing up for his 10th season opener on Sunday in Tennessee, meaning he knows what emotions to expect at kickoff. 

One of them includes excitement, as the Vikings running back said Thursday that he still gets butterflies when the beginning of the season rolls around.* *

"Not at all, not at all. It's like the first day of school," Peterson said. "I can't sleep, just itching to get out there. I'm pretty excited." 

Peterson is Minnesota's all-time leading rusher with 11,675 yards and 97 career rushing touchdowns.

The 31-year-old didn't play this preseason but has endured an eventful past nine days. Starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was lost for the season with a knee injury, leading to the acquisition of quarterback Sam Bradford.

Despite all the ups and downs, Peterson said he's ready to get between the white lines and go to work.

"It's been tough just sitting back and waiting for this, for the first week to come," Peterson said. "And everything that's taken place, it's been a little roller-coaster but we're finally here.

"I'm excited about the opportunity we have in front of us," he added.

Peterson has been teammates with Bradford before, back in 2006 when he was a junior at the University of Oklahoma and Bradford was a redshirt freshman.

Although Peterson quipped that he wished the two would have played together then, he got his wish now — even if it came as somewhat as surprise.

Peterson said he texted Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman shortly after Bridgewater's injury to add his two cents to the discussion. Peterson said Spielman assured him the front office would do what's best for the team.

The running back was in Texas for Oklahoma's season opener Saturday when he received word of the trade. 

"It was like, 'Wow.' I didn't see that coming," Peterson said. "I know we were sitting here, the guys amongst each other, we were talking about guys they could possibly bring in.

"His name never came up because we knew he was down in Philadelphia and didn't see that happening," he added. "I tip my hat to our GM, Rick Spielman, for bringing a guy in who can contribute."

With Bridgewater gone for the season, Peterson noted he doesn't feel an extra pressure to produce. In fact, he said he's approaching Sunday's opener in Tennessee just like any other week.

"Any time I go into a season or a game, I want to be that guy that's a difference maker," Peterson said. "That won't change."

Peterson and the Vikings will undoubtedly be looking for a better Week 1 performance than last season's 20-3 loss in San Francisco.

Peterson, who rushed for just 31 yards in that game, said he's ready to roll for Sunday.

"My legs are fresh, (and) I've been making sure I'm getting my conditioning in," Peterson said. "So I'll be able to run all day."

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