When I was 12 years old, I was lucky enough to attend the Minnesota Vikings’ 2007 regular season opener. I was obviously amped to be at the Metrodome watching my favorite football team, but a large cloud of pessimism hung ominously over my fandom.
The Vikings had just finished their sixth straight season with less than 10 wins, including a 6-10 record the year before. Minnesota’s offense finished the 2006 season ranked 26th in the NFL and, unfortunately, Tarvaris Jackson was the slated starting quarterback.
There wasn’t much hope for improvement in 2007.
But there was a shiny new toy in the Vikings backfield, and that was enough to stir up some excitement.
Early in that season opener against the Atlanta Falcons, Chester Taylor went down with an oblique injury, opening the door for Adrian Peterson to take the spotlight. The rookie certainly didn’t look like a rookie, finishing his first career game with 103 rushing yards on 19 carries to lead the Vikings’ rushing attack and claim his place in Minnesota lore.