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Warren Moon: 'Adrian Peterson is in a Different Category'

After playing 17 seasons in the NFL, Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon cannot think of one player who can be compared to Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

"AP is in an entirely different category," Moon said in a phone interview with Vikings.com that first focused on Teddy Bridgewater.

Entering his 10th NFL season, Peterson has yet to show signs of slowing down. After turning 30 in March 2015, Peterson led the league with 1,485 rushing yards and tied for the most touchdowns on the ground (11).

"There's no question he's one of the top two or three in the league still, at his age," Moon said. "The guy is just a physical specimen."

The former Vikings quarterback explained Peterson's impact on the Vikings offense, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a dangerous running game to relieve pressure on Bridgewater.

"[Adrian's] always going to be a force," Moon said. "That simplifies some of the defenses that teams are going to play, because they're trying to stop the run. It makes the reads a little simpler for the quarterback – [opponents] can only play so many things when they're bringing that eighth man down into the box to try to stop the run."

Since retiring from the NFL, Moon now works in Seattle as an analyst for Seahawks Radio and has an interesting perspective on other teams. After watching the Vikings both on tape and firsthand whenever they meet the Seahawks, Moon has been impressed by Peterson's desire to perform well on the field and make comebacks both from an ACL injury suffered in 2011 and after missing 15 games in 2014.

"There's a reason he's done what he's been able to do over the course of his career and why he stood out so much," Moon said of Peterson. "He just runs so violently, so angry. But he also has the ability to take it the distance. He can get you the short yards, he can get you the tough yards."

In addition to dominating the run game, the 2015 season was also Peterson's most reliable as a pass receiver. The running back caught a career-high 83.3 percent of passes Bridgewater threw him, surpassing his previous best (78.4 percent in 2012).

"Under [Offensive Coordinator] Norv Turner, they've tried to get him the ball more," Moon said. "If he continues to do that, he'll be even better."

As the current Vikings roster stands, Peterson is the seventh-oldest player in purple and gold. He's considered over-the-hill for an NFL running back, but Peterson hasn't yet shown that he's left his peak. In fact, he's made a career of quieting the naysayers.

"I don't know how much longer he can keep going," Moon said. "But I'll tell you what – he's still running the ball pretty well."

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