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    Superman's alter ego
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - While all his biographies claim he is from Palestine, TX, I believe there is now enough evidence to go public with the truth -- that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is the son of Jor-El and born on the planet Krypton.

    How else do you explain his other-worldly performance this season?

    When Peterson was injured in a game against Washington last December, he was diagnosed with ACL, MCL and meniscus injuries and underwent reconstructive surgery on his injured left knee two days before the New Year.

    For most mere mortals, the recovery time for an injury like that is 12-18 months. Even then it usually takes another year before the player returns to pre-injury performance levels ... if ever.

    As an example, I give you another great running back -- Terrell Davis. He rushed for 2,008 yards and 21 touchdowns in 1998-99 and was the best player in the NFL winning the AP Offensive Player of the Year Award. He also led all players that season with 361 fantasy points.

    The following season he had ACL and MCL surgery after injuring himself making a tackle in the fourth game of the season against the Jets. "TD" returned to the field 11 months later, but was never the same, rushing for just 282 yards in 2000 and 701 yards in 2001. He retired from football after the 2001 season.

    Peterson had surgery just before New Year's Day but was running by the end of February. In May, barely five months after major knee surgery, we were already hearing reports that seemed incredible.

    Teammate Percy Harvin, a burner who in high school back in Virginia won gold medals in the long jump, triple jump, 100-meters and 200-meters, reported that Peterson twice beat him in sprints up a steep hill.

    Harvin wasn't the only one thinking something extraordinary was happening here. Quarterback Christian Ponder had similar thoughts.

    "The guy, number one, is a freak athlete, and for him to be doing the things that he's been doing so early after surgery is unbelievable," said Ponder in June.

    Most experts predicted that Peterson had a chance to be in uniform on Opening Day 2012, but that he certainly wouldn't be playing at his old level. Not at the start of the season and probably not until the following season. They expected Peterson to share the rushing attempts with Toby Gerhart at the start and slowly assume the majority of the workload as the year progressed.

    Peterson had other thoughts, however.

    In the opener against Jacksonville, just nine months removed from reconstructive knee surgery, Peterson carried the ball 17 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns worth 20 fantasy points. He hasn't stopped running.

    "All-Day" revealed that he hurt his ankle on his first carry of a 17-carry, 88-yard effort in Week 5 against the Titans.

    Major knee surgery couldn't stop him and the sprained ankle didn't either. In fact, Peterson has gotten better not worse.

    In Week 6, he totaled 129 yards from scrimmage.

    Starting in Week 7 against Arizona, Peterson has been simply spectacular. He burned Arizona for 153 yards, Tampa Bay for 123 yards, Seattle for 182 yards and last weekend, while also fighting the flu, he was out of this world, rushing for 171 yards against Detroit.

    Heading into his team's bye, Peterson leads the NFL in rushing with 1,128 yards, is first in rushing yards per game (112.5), tied for second with seven rushing touchdowns and third in yards per attempt (5.8). He's also leading all fantasy running backs with 192 points.

    "He's amazing," said Harvin. "I told him the other day I don't think he's human."

    Harvin might be right.




    Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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    Welcome to Great38 Tampa Bay WTTA-TV/DT - WFLA News Channel 8

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      Tournament to honor Spring Hill firefighter Video included

      Updated:

      In 2010, James Santella, a firefighter from Spring Hill, started having trouble putting his gear on. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
      More>>

      • Great Stuff

      Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast 'Youth of the Year' Video included

      Updated:

      Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in communities across the country. Here in the Bay Area, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast serve as a safe place for local kids to learn and grow. Each year, they select somebody who promotes service to the club and shows strong moral character and academic success as their Youth of the Year. Recently, Kassindjaa Montague was given this honor. She sits down with Jenn to tell us her story. More>>

      Furry friends from Suncoast Animal League stop by Video included

      Updated:

      The Suncoast Animal League is a non-profit, no-kill, no-time limit animal rescue agency located in Palm Harbor. Executive Director Rick Chaboudy More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 14-15

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      News Now: Tampa Port Authority's President talks growth at the port Video included

      Updated:

      Port Tampa Bay just had their annual State of the Port Luncheon. This week Tampa Port Authority's President and CEO, Paul Anderson, stopped by to give us further insight.  More>>

      8 fun things to do in Tampa Bay this weekend | February 7-8 Video included

      Updated:

      See 8 fun things happening this weekend in Tampa Bay!
      More>>

      Deaf Literacy Center to hold first-ever silent dinner Video included

      Updated:

      For the first time ever in the Tampa Bay area, the Deaf Literacy Center is holding a 100% voices off silent dinner. Everybody working at the restaurant this evening will be deaf or hard of hearing, including servers, cashiers, and bartenders. The event is taking place on February 15th at 4pm at Farmer Boy Restaurant in Clearwater. Pattie Sanchez from The Diversity Initiative, Pinellas Public Library Cooperative's Deaf Literacy Coordinator Rosa Rodriguez, and volunteer/advocate Jenny Locy stop... More>>

      News Now: Media General CEO talks about his career, future for company Video included

      Updated:

      In December, LIN Media and Media General merged to create the second largest broadcasting company in the country. The former CEO and President of LIN Media, Vince Sadusky, was placed at the helm of the new and improved Media General. More>>

      Bill Schifino, Jr talks about being President-Elect of the Florida Bar Video included

      Updated:

      Earlier this month, Bill Schifino, Jr. was announced as the 2015-16 President-Elect of the Florida Bar. Schifino comes to this position with a strong resume. More>>

      Trio sets off on 900 mile trek across Florida Video included

      Updated:

      Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and Carlton Ward Jr. are embarking on a journey of a lifetime. The trio are setting off on a 70-day, 900 mile trek across the state???without any automobiles.
      More>>

      • Great 38More>>

      • Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Heath Matters: Trinity Spine Center

        Friday, January 16 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-01-16 17:49:27 GMT
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
        Trinity Spine Center uses Stem Cells for Back Pain.Stem cells are master cells of the body that are available for repairing damaged tissues and organs including spine discs and cartilage cushions in the joints.
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      • Light Rain Saturday in Tampa Bay

        Light Rain Saturday in Tampa Bay

        Friday, February 27 2015 3:44 PM EST2015-02-27 20:44:20 GMT
        "A stalled frontal boundary to our south will lift to the north for Saturday," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.
        "A stalled frontal boundary to our south will lift to the north for Saturday," said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Julie Phillips.
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