Faulk currently places tenth on the all time rushing list, while Adrian Peterson places seventeenth. Adrian Peterson's average yards per season is less than Marshall Faulk's. Secondly, Marshall Faulk is one of the greatest minds football has ever seen. The most threatening thing about Marshall Faulk was that he could look at the two deep safeties, and now which way to run if he broke free. This has resulted in one mvp award, and two offensive player of the year awards. AP has one less offensive player award than Marshall Faulk. Marshall Faulk also holds the record for most scrimmage yards in a season among wide receivers, running backs, and tight ends. Which is an indication of a legend.
While Faulk can say that he has more average yards per season, Adrian Peterson averages more yards a carry, which shows that he is one move away from creating an explosive play. Also, Faulk was on a Rams team stacked with weapons and a great QB, while Adrian Peterson had to deal with middling talent around him and teams always stacking the box against him.
You claim that Faulk had the better supporting cast, however you dont recognize the presence of, Brett Favre, and RANDY MOSS in 2010 that supported Adrian Peterson. Anybody that knows football knows that when Brett Favre played for the Vikings, he was actually one of the top quarterbacks, throwing for over 4,000 yards in a season. Adrian Peterson also has Teddy Bridgewater. Marshall Faulk like Adrian Peterson has succeeded with bad teams, with the colts in 1994 when he entered. In the years without Peyton Manning , Marshall Faulk put up 4 seasons with close or over 1,500 yards. This was with one of the worst teams in the NFL. So the argument that Faulk succeedeed because of a good team is false. Looking at the playoff appearances of each, when they actually both had good teams, Faulk has way more yards than Adrian Peterson with 1121 yards total. Adrian Peterson only has 464 yards in the post season. This proves that Marshall Faulk has played better against better teams and harder circumstances.
Adrian Peterson ONLY had Brett Favre for two seasons and Randy Moss for four games. Peterson is also one of seven running backs who have had 2,000-yard rushing seasons. Marshall Faulk, being part of the Greatest Show on Turf, has always had a better supporting cast. In 2012, Adrian Peterson's 2000-yard rushing season, he single-handedly led the team to the playoffs with Christian Ponder as his quarterback.
So your excuse for Marshall Faulk's success is because he was on a good team? That isnt very strong. Kurt Warner was actually a back up. Then Trent Green got injured and Kurt Warner came in. Without the threatening presence of Marshall Faulk, Warner would have seriously struggled without him. Marshall Faulk holds the record for most yards from scrimmage, that is a higher accomplishment than being one of seven to do something. Adrian Peterson highest season was 2,314 all purpose yards. Marshall Faulk reached 2,429 yards in one season. Adrian Peterson also has managed to fumble the ball more times in less seasons. 39 to 36. Marshall Faulk also had more career catches that most wide receivers, which include Michael Irvin and Chad Johnson (or Chad Ochocinco) who are two tremendous wide receivers. Faulk is more effective on the field since the defense has to anticipate him as a part of the passing game, and he can also keep the defense off balanced by running the ball. He totals 767 career receptions. This proves him to be a more versatile player. Adrian Peterson shouldn't get a pass because he dose not have a super bowl winning team. Marshall Faulk did not have a super bowl winning team for a long time. However, the leadership and presence that Faulk showed helped them succeed. Faulk clearly didnt do it all, but he did influence every player and played for team and not himself, this also makes him a great player in the locker room. A player that makes other people better, and helps the team even off the field is extrememly valuable. Faulk has the stats, more yards, well over Adrian Peterson, to the point where it would be extremely hard for him to catch Faulk. Faulk has the records, the reputation, the stats, the wins, and the versatility over Adrian Peterson.
Adrian Peterson has shown minimal signs of his age causing him to slow down in his career, the true sign of a legend. He came back from an ACL injury in 2012 and was and is still one of the best backs in the league. His rushing title this year is proof that he will still continue to be one of the feature running backs in the league and he has a perfect blend of agility and strength to run through tacklers. Throughout his career, he has given defenses nightmares.