Despite suffering a season-ending ACL tear late in the NFL season that required surgery to repair, Adrian Peterson returned in time for game one of the 2012 season and leads the league in rushing with 957 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. A perfect example of a player over-coming the devastating knee injury, Peterson spoke to ESPN Chicago on Friday and offered some advice to Derrick Rose, the Bulls superstar that is attempting to return from the same injury:
"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."
Rose suffered his injury with about one minute remaining in the first game of the 2012 NBA Playoffs for the Bulls against the Philadelphia 76ers. Still recovering from the injury, Rose hasn't seen the floor for each of the first five games of the season for the Bulls and isn't expected back soon. The Bulls are 3-2 in his absence.
Prior to his injury, Rose averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 assists per game during the 2011-12 season.