JockBio Vital Stats
  • Minnesota Vikings • Running Back • #28
  • Height: 6' 1"
• Weight: 217 • Born: 3/21/85
  • Adrian starred for the Palestine High School track and basketball teams.
  • Adrian won the Hall Trophy as the nation’s top high school football player in 2003.
  • In high school, Adrian asked for #29—Eric Dickerson’s number—but it wasn’t available. He settled for #28 and has worn it ever since.
  • Adrian ran for 225 yards against Texas in his second college start.
  • In 2004, Adrian set an NCAA record for freshmen with nine straight 100-yard rushing performances.
  • Adrian was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award in 2004. He was also the first freshman in history to be runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.
  • Adrian joined Billy Sims and Joe Washington as the only Oklahoma runners to top 4,000 career rushing yards. Adrian finished with 4,045 yards and 41 rushing touchdowns in 31 games.
  • Adrian’s 224-yard game against the Chicago Bears in 2007 broke Minnesota’s single-game rushing record, set by Chuck Foreman in 1976.
  • In a 2007 game against the San Diego Chargers, Adrian broke Jamal Lewis’s NFL record for yards in a game with 296 yards on 30 carries. The jersey he wore on tgha day against the Chargers in 2007 is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • In 2007, Adrian became the first NFL rookie to notch two 200-yard games.
  • Adrian was a First Team All-Pro in 2008 and 2009.
  • Adrian’s 129 yards in the 2008 Pro Bowl was the second-highest total in history. He was the first rookie since Marshall Faulk in 1994 to be named Pro Bowl MVP.
  • Adrian's three TDs against the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 NFC title game set a team postseason record.
  • Adrian was named the DEFEX Ground Player of the Year for the third straight time in 2009.
  • Adrian had 350 consecutive touches without a fumble in 2010.
  • In 2011, Adrian surpassed Chuck Foreman and Bill Brown to become Minnesota’s all-tie leader in rushing touchdowns.
  • After the 2010 season, Adrian was ranked as the #1 running back in a vote of NFL players.
  • Adrian scored three touchdowns in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 to set a new team record.
  • More than 300 friends and family members attended Minnesota’s 2007 game against the Dallas Cowboys to root for Adrian.
  • Adrian says the NFL player he most looks forward to meeting on the field is Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Adrian’s father works for a car dealership and also gives anti-drug talks at schools. He once tried out for the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Adrian’s mom might have made the U.S. Olympic team had she not gotten pregnant in college. Her best time in 100-yard dash was 11.3 seconds.
  • Adrian’s uncle, Ivory Lee Brown, played one season for the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Adrian’s daughter, Adeja, was born in 2003.
  • Adrian majored in Sociology at Oklahoma.
  • Adrian is superstitious about the fit of his shoes. They must feel perfect before he leaves the locker room.
  • During the season, Adrian lives with his brothers, Eldon and Derrick, in a suburb of Minneapolis.
  • Adrian traveled to Africa in 2010 and 2011 as part of a program to give hearing aids to children and adults.

 


 

 


Eric Dickerson, 1992 Pro Line

 

 


Jamal Lewis, 2000 Victory

 

 


Marshall Faulk,
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