It's time for a little trip down memory lane. As Pro Bowlvoting continues and NFL fans eagerly await the release of the Pro Bowl rosters for the first ever Pro Bowl draft, we'll flashback to some of the best moments in Pro Bowl history each Friday. Our first stop, is 2008, when a rookie running back took the NFL and the Pro Bowl by storm.
Adrian Peterson entered the league in 2007 with a bang, crossing the 100-yard mark three times in his first four games, and, you know, setting the single-game rushing record with 296 yards against the San Diego Chargers in Week 9. His rookie season stat line was an impressive 1,341 yards on 238 carries, with 12 touchdowns. The Vikings finished 8-8 and missed the postseason, but Peterson's consolation was winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award and earning a trip to Honolulu for hist first of four straight Pro Bowls.
So what did Peterson do in his first Pro Bowl? In typicall Peterson fashion, he stole the show. Peterson rushed for 126 yards and scored twice, helping the NFC defeat the AFC while earning the Pro Bowl MVP award in the process. Peterson ran with the same intensity and power he had all season, punishing the AFC defense in a friendly manner (it was the Pro Bowl after all).
Peterson's standout rookie season and Pro Bowl performance were signs of what was to come -- six years of some of the hardest, most electric rushing the NFL has ever seen.