Adrian Peterson earns another Hall of Fame honor

Kaitlin Sells

Georgia Southern legend Adrian Peterson was named as part of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020, announced Wednesday.

Peterson holds the NCAA Division I all-time record for leading rusher with 6,559 yards in regular season games. He was also a four-time All-American as well as being recognized as the most outstanding player in Division 1-AA with the Walter Payton Award in 1999.

“Thanks to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame for this great honor,” Peterson said in a press release. “The state of Georgia welcomed this Florida boy with open arms many years ago as a freshman at Georgia Southern and we had a lot of successful seasons during my years playing in Statesboro.”

The former GS running back was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2002 and played seven seasons with them. Peterson is an inducted member of the inaugural SoCon Hall of Fame class in 2009, the Georgia Southern Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012, the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and had his jersey retired at GS. 

Peterson has come full circle and now works at his alma mater, serving as the director of student-athlete development. 

“While winning a lot of games I hope we were able to bring excitement and inspire many people,” Peterson said. “Congratulations to the other inductees and I look forward to sharing the stage with you in February.” 

Peterson will be inducted alongside seven others at the Hall’s annual golf tournament at Idle Hour Country Club on Feb. 21.