Running back Adrian Peterson is now a member of the Arizona Cardinals and if you ask him, he prayed for a moment just like this.
“I’ll be lying to you to say that I didn’t want a change of scenery after four weeks of seeing how things played out,” Peterson said via ESPN. “So, yeah, it was something that I was praying about — ‘Hey, God, I need you to answer this prayer for me. Are you listening to me?’ But in the midst of that, I was still tuned in and locked in.
“I had a great day of practice Monday, great day of practice. It was hot, too. It was outside. It was a good day. It was rough, but I was still locked in and taking care of my business, and the prayer was answered.”
Peterson spent the first four weeks of the season caught up in a crowded New Orleans Saints backfield. The primary running back for each season of his career before 2017, he found himself a member of a rotation that included Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara.
He was found having words with Saints head coach Sean Payton on the sidelines during a Week 1 loss, although he brushed it off as wanting to win. In his final game with New Orleans, he rushed for 4 yards on four carries.
His arrival in Arizona could seem like a blessing for the Cardinals, too. The Cardinals lost David Johnson the first week of the season and have struggled to find a consistent lead back since.
Whether he salvages the Cardinals’ season remains to be seen, but at least he will have the opportunity to hit the ground running.