SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Former Georgia Southern standout and Southern Conference Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson was named to the College Football Hall of Fame class for 2017 it was announced Monday (Jan. 9).
Peterson finished his career as the NCAA Division I leader in rushing yards with 6,559. He was a four-time All-American at GSU and earned the prestigious Walter Payton Award, given to the nation’s top FCS Player, in 1999.
The 1998 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, Peterson was a two-time Player of the Year in the league (1998, 2001) and earned the conference’s Male Athlete of the Year award in 2000.
Peterson comleted his eligibility with the Eagles holding 30 school records. He was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and later appeared in Super Bowl XLI.
The Florida native still holds 17 Southern Conference records.
The 2017 class will be inducted at the annual National Football Foundation Awards Dinner Dec. 5 in New York City. The inductees will be permanently enshrined at the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta later that month and honored during the 13th Annual National Hall of Fame Salute during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.