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VIDEO: Remembering When Adrian Peterson Stiff Armed a Brown Off the Field

Max Staley
Video of Adrian Peterson's epic stiff arm against the Cleveland Browns in 2009.
Video of Adrian Peterson's epic stiff arm against the Cleveland Browns in 2009. / YouTube/AdrianvikingPeterson

At his peak, Adrian Peterson was one of the most dominant running backs in NFL history. His first three years in the league he reached at least 1,300 rushing yards and scored 10 touchdowns in each campaign.

But he had few games better than his season opener in 2009, when he ran for 180 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Of course, 64 of those yards came on one iconic run.

The combination of speed, power and quickness that's on display here really shows what makes Peterson so special. He's got the speed to get into the open field, the quickness to make a couple would-be tacklers miss and the power to literally shove a defender off the field.

Peterson would go on to score a league-best 18 touchdowns in 2009, earning a First-Team All-Pro distinction in the process.

Though he's still pretty effective today, this video shows just how special Peterson was in his heyday.

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