Is Demarco Murray better than Adrian Peterson?
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I believe that Demarco Murray, former running back for the Dallas Cowboys and the newest addition to the Philidelphia Eagles, is a better running back than Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings.
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In regards to career statisics we find that Adrian Peterson is very much better than DeMarco Murray. ESPN backs up this fact by providing statistics.
Career Rushing Yds - 10,190
Career Carries - 2,054
Career Rushing Tds - 86
Career Rushing Yds - 4,526
Career Carries - 934
Career Rushing Tds - 28
In regards to single season statistics, we find the same results: that Adrian Peterson is superior.
Single Season Rushing Yds - 2,097
Single Season Rushing Tds - 18
Single Season Carries - 363
Single Season Rushing Yds - 1,845
Single Season Rushing Tds - 13
Single Season Carries - 392
In each section, Peterson is statistically superior. Note the single season carries is also in favor of Peterson. This is because he was able to attain more yardage with less carries of the ball. This bumps up yard-per-carry average. Now that we have established his statistical superiority, let's move on to other reasons.
It is irrefutable that Adrian Peterson has exceptional ability to play the game of football. In fact, to further prove this point, we draw the opinion of another experienced and great NFL running back: Curtis Martin. Bleacher Report documents, "According to Curtis Martin (the No. 4 rushing leader), speaking to Pro Football Weekly, Peterson is already one of the best running backs of all time: 'To me, as far as God-given ability, Adrian Peterson has more than anyone I've ever seen play running back. I’m talking in the history of the NFL, not just in this era. I believe he’s that guy. Adrian Peterson is the type of talent that, even if his career ended with the injury last year, he’d make it into the Hall of Fame... I don’t know any other back with his elusiveness combined with his speed, his power, with his durability. He may not have the best career of any running back, but I think he’s probably the most talented there is.'"  Obviously, an experienced player who knows a lot about the game can discern skill and ability when it's there. As a result, we see that Adrian Peterson IS indeed a great player, superior to DeMarco Murray.
Furthermore, The Atlantic explained the significance of Peterson's skill, "There isn't any question that Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the National Football League." They later go on to say, "Backs in the current game, like Peterson, can run out of an I formation, a two-tight-end set that places an extra beefy blocker on both the right and left side of the offensive line, or even a two-tight-end set with a blocking back in front of the runner. No matter which formation Minnesota has used this season, Peterson has flourished. He is a considerably better runner now than he was before a severe knee injury took him out last Christmas Eve against the Washington Redskins. From his rookie year in 2007 through his wounding last year, Peterson has averaged an impressive 4.8 yards/carry. So far this year he's gaining yards at the Brown-like rate of 6.3. That anyone could be having a season like Peterson in 2012 is amazing enough, but to come back from ACL surgery borders on unbelievable." This evidences, that despite difficulties and complications, Peterson is still one of the best players ever.
Though many players are good and they know it, and show it, Peterson remains a calm and a player of reputable attitude. Another Bleacher Report article shows, "Given Peterson's work ethic and attitude, it's hard to imagine anyone ever ripping the ball from his hands, metaphorically speaking." It later records, "And even through the milestones and accolades, Peterson has found a way to stay humble. When asked about reaching 10,000 yards, this was his response, via Vikings.com: 'It really means a lot. A lot of guys over the years have contributed to it... Just to be in that elite group, it’s truly a blessing. God has really blessed me to be surrounded by some great guys to help me get to that goal. I sit here and I’m just humbled.'"  This attitude allows him to be great.
Conclusively, there are multiple factors in deciding who is better, but in the end, Peterson gets the nod.
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