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Adrian Peterson

Football 1998-2001

Georgia Southern University

2009 Southern Conference Hall of Fame Inductee


The legend of Adrian Peterson is one built over the course of four outstanding years of true athleticism at Georgia Southern. His heroics in leading the Eagles to back-to-back national championships are very much remembered to this day.

To this day, Peterson is the all-time leading rusher in Division I history with 6,559 yards. He was twice voted SoCon Player of the Year, and in 1999 was chosen to receive the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the nation.

During his career at Georgia Southern, Peterson averaged 156 yards rushing per game.  In October of 1998, he ran for 231 yards and five touchdowns in a game vs. the Citadel. He still holds the NCAA Division I single-season record for most yards gained by a freshman. All-in-all, Peterson holds 25 game, season and career records in the Southern Conference and owns 16 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision records.

A four-time collegiate All-American, Peterson was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2002 and played in the 2007 Super Bowl. His No. 3 jersey has been retired by Georgia Southern.

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