Peterson scoffs at notion he's over the hill

ATLANTA GA- JANUARY 01 New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches on during first half action of an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons

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After the first few weeks, he remembers lining up and seeing eight, sometimes nine defenders stacked near the line of scrimmage, essentially the same look he's seen his whole career, even if the combination of Favre and Peterson made life hard on defenses.

And as defenses will soon discover, it's an ideal pick-your-poison situation for Peterson, who clearly did his homework before deciding to sign a two-year deal with the Saints.

He visited the Saints, Patriots, and Seahawks, but said he had a "comfort level" in New Orleans. But, for now anyways, Peterson seems willing to play the dual roles of running back and mentor. So, I think he and Mark will complement each other.

Peterson, at the age of 32 and coming off of a torn meniscus that he says is fully healed, understood the plan to share carries when he signed the dotted line.

"I'm gonna put my arm around that young guy [Ingram], teach him all I can teach him, and we're gonna do this thing together", said Peterson, who is also excited with the idea of playing with quarterback Drew Brees and one of the NFL's top-ranked offenses.

Peterson, who was speaking to the New Orleans media for the first time on a conference call, said he has followed Ingram since his days at Alabama.

Now, Peterson tries to join Marcus Allen as the exception to the rule that great backs always end up underwhelming when they leave the team that made them famous.

New Orleans Saints running back Adrian Peterson was at the team's facility on Tuesday to make his first real public comments since signing a free agent contract last month.

Despite the injury previous year, Peterson believes he's still got plenty left to give, and it's something of a shock to hear doubt that he'll be able to come back as strong as ever. "You know, a different mindset, different work ethic, different body type". "This is one thing that I really just dislike about the National Football League and kind of how a lot of people try to put guys in a box - especially running backs after that 30 (years old) mark".

And he feels like he's going to make this move worth it.

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