Meet the Finalists: Adrian Peterson

The Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote final is now underway, featuring Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders and reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson. EA SPORTS will run down each player's road to the final chronicling their careers both on the field and throughout the Madden NFL franchise.

Most NFL running backs have traditionally been placed into one of two buckets. You have the "power backs" that are tough to bring down because of their size and strength. You also have the "speed backs" that can turn the corner and take it 80 yards to the house. Want to know what makes Adrian Peterson so great? He's both.

Despite tearing both his ACL and MCL at the end of the 2011 season, Peterson returned with a vengeance to rush for 2,097 yards. He won his first career MVP, missing the all-time single-season rushing record by just nine yards. In an era of pass-happy offenses, Peterson became the first running back since 2006 (LaDainian Tomlinson) to bring home the league's top individual honor.

A.D. in Madden NFL 09. Peterson isn't "just" a power back or a speed back. He's THE back.

Peterson's 2012 season is even more impressive considering he eclipsed 100-yard mark just one once in Minnesota's first six games. All he did after that was run for 150 yards or more in seven of their last 10 games, which tied an NFL record. At one point, A.D. (short for “All Day”) racked up a ridiculous 1,313 yards over an eight-game span, another NFL record. That’s a season’s worth of production for some guys.

Peterson has been producing ever since his rookie year, quickly bursting onto the scene after being drafted seventh overall in 2007. He rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Vikings to a win at Soldier Field in just his fifth NFL game. Then, three weeks later, he followed it up by setting the single-game rushing record with 296 yards and another three scores against the Chargers.

Peterson laying a stiff-arm in Madden NFL 10. A.D. ran for 199 on the Pack in a must-win Week 17 game.

Much like his Bedlam and Cover Vote rival, Barry Sanders (who starred at Oklahoma State), Peterson's greatness is magnified by the fact that he often does his damage against seven and eight-man fronts hellbent on slowing him down. If the Vikings can get continued improvement from quarterback Christian Ponder, there's truly no ceiling on Peterson's production.

Fans can now vote for Adrian Peterson in the Madden NFL 25 Cover Vote finals at winner will be revealed live on ESPN SportsNation at 8 pm EST on Wednesday, April 24.

Relive AD's Road to the Cover Vote Finals
Defeated Arian Foster in Semifinals
Defeated Robert Griffin III in Quarterfinals
Defeated Rob Gronkowski in Round 3
Defeated LeSean McCoy in Round 2 
Defeated Carson Palmer in Round 1