Adrian Peterson's advice to D. Rose... "Attack" his comeback and not hesitate to return as soon as he can
Adrian Peterson advises Derrick Rose
Updated: November 9, 2012, 3:16 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPNChicago.com
My advice for him would be to just attack it. Right now, the ligament is strong enough to cut with it. Don't be hesitant. When you're out doing drills, do it as you normally would any other day. Push yourself and challenge yourself. That's the only way you'll build the strength and confidence to where it should be.
” -- Adrian Peterson on Derrick Rose
Peterson, who returned to the Minnesota Vikings just 10 months after tearing his ACL and MCL with a helmet to his knee on Christmas Eve, has arguably regained his explosive cutback style. He predicted Friday by phone to ESPNChicago.com that Rose would do the same.
"How far out is he (six months)?" Peterson said. "My advice for him would be to just attack it. Right now, the ligament is strong enough to cut with it. Don't be hesitant. When you're out doing drills, do it as you normally would any other day. Push yourself and challenge yourself. That's the only way you'll build the strength and confidence to where it should be."
Peterson, who leads the NFL with 957 yards rushing, said "90 percent" of his rehab was mental.
"And that's what I would tell him: 'Man, you're (six months out), you're strong, you can't damage it unless a freak accident takes place," he said. "Attack it like any other day and make sure, when you're done working out, you know you've accomplished something.' "
Peterson met Rose for the first time on the set of a video game commercial before the Bulls' guard tore his ACL last April 28 in the team's first playoff game.
"I was just excited to meet him when we did the video shoot, just to see the things he does on the court, and he's my height," Peterson said with a laugh. "To know how hard he works and how determined he is, we have the same warrior spirit in how we play the game. He's one of those guys when you're counting the guys who are all in, he's all in."
Peterson remembers another thing from that meeting that stays with him.
"It's shocking that I inspire him because of the time it took for me to recover from my injury," Peterson said. "When we met that day in Houston, he was getting ready to head out, and I was on the set and he came over and asked 'Do you mind if I get your autograph?' He wanted me to sign the back of his phone.
"I don't always understand the position I'm in. But me looking at Derrick Rose, who's a superstar and he's asking me for an autograph, that's pretty cool."
Peterson said he remembers seeing the replay of Rose's injury in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs last spring and was devastated.
"I remember seeing it and man, you don't want your fellow athlete going through something like that, but it's motivating, too, to think about him now," he said. "He's a good person, very respectful, and just knowing his spirit and his work ethic, I know he's going to come back better than before.
"It's funny, I haven't talked to him since that last time I saw him, but I just feel it and I can sit here and say I know he's going to come back better than he was before."
Both Peterson and Rose are superstar athletes and superstar people.
I thought this was interesting.
People seem to want to baby D. Rose. "Hold him out for the year." For those people who have never had a major knee injury, they don't realize that 90% of the rehab is mental. Getting over that image in your head and pain you felt when you got injured... Learning to trust that knee again. That's the toughest thing to get over. It doesn't take as long as people think for the ligament to get strong or for the quad to get strong. D. Rose has to attack that fear in his mind and just go all in against it. That's the only way he'll return 100% and get back to the player he was or even better.
When the doctors say he's ready to play, put him right back on the floor. He should return after the all-star break in my opinion. Reports are that he's already started pivoting and cutting.
I agree a lot of the recovery is mental; however I have had two major knee surgeries on the same leg (I believe you had a pretty bad knee surgery as well - let me know if you ever feel like trading war stories). It definitely took a while for the quad, hamstring, and calves muscles to regenerate. After the second surgery, I was in the full leg cast for a little over a week. My muscles had completely lapsed to the point where you could see where the muscle tissue has softened completely. But, I also agree that the first few months were the hardest, doing the band work, leg hangs, and just getting back on the bike again. Physical therapy is a nightmare - and i wish that on no one.
I also, think that he needs to decide when he is ready in conjunction with the doctors thoughts - because he has to feel comfortable with the cuts, stops, etc. to make sure his balance is comfortable.
I feel your pain... It's crazy how after you've had surgery, you can feel the pain just from reading/listening to other people's stories about their surgeries.
What knee surgeries did you have? I can imagine how much muscle loss you had. After my last surgery (torn ACL), I caught a nasty blood clot in my calf, so I wasn't able to do physical therapy and I was laid up a lot longer than I should've been. I couldn't believe how much muscle loss I suffered in my damn quad. It was damn near depressing. I mean, I couldn't even flex... There was no muscle to flex... My muscle was like jello. It was like my quad was dead.
And yea, the physical therapy was no joke. Not only was I trying to get that strength back, I was also working against a lot of scar tissue. Trying to break up that scar tissue and get my range of motion/straightness back was almost as worse as the initial pain from the injury.
Going back to Derrick Rose though... Considering the fact he's an NBA athlete (one of the best in NBA history), his quad was in a lot better shape than ours before his ACL tear. I also thought the Bulls went above the norm to increase his quad strength, range of motion, etc before even doing the surgery. Rose will make a 110% recovery due to the way he's attacking his rehab, BUT also because his surgeon, doctors and physical therapists have all been absolutely flawless with everything they've done before, during and after the surgery.
What's really interesting is these guys are cut from the same cloth physically. Like is Rose played football it wouldn't be hard to imGine him being like Peterson and being one of the strongest and fastest backs in the league. they're both Round the sAme height as AP said and have similR strength and speed. I wonder what Rose would run the 40 in...4.30?
4.3 speed would make him like one of the top 5 or 10 fastest players in the NFL. Im not sure Rose is that fast
Maybe I am wrong. I just checked and some sites say Rose ran the 40 in 4.18 seconds. If that is true, Rose is way faster than I thought and would for sure be one of the fastest players in the NFL
We all know I'm a huge Rose fan, but no way is that true. I'd believe a 4.3 though.
Rose without a doubt would be one of the fastest players in the NFL if he played. His build is very similar to Peterson who ran a 4.28 once.
T-Mac never really had blazing open court speed but I'm not too surprised he ran a 4.50, which is about average wide receiver speed. Long legs go a long way in getting good 40 times.
For the record I would bet John Wall would run the fastest 40 out of anybody in the NBA.
Someone made a thread about these two a while ago.....who was it????
D Rose is 6'3'' and reports say hes around 215 lbs... he's got the physical traits similar to that of AP but not as buff, i imagine he runs the 40 in 4.4 but not faster, 4.4 is extremely fast for someone 6'3'' 215
About the 40 time, one thing people need to understand is it's all about acceleration and quickness. A ton of people don't get to their top speed in 40 yards. Derrick Rose and his quickness, idk, I think he may be able to get a 4.3. I know Iverson did.