Vikings running back Adrian Peterson announced today that he is relocating himself to Los Angeles, a decision he says allows him to "not play for the Vikings."
The move saddened Vikings fans, but most said they were not surprised or angry at Peterson for his decision.
"He is one of the best players in the game," said one Vikings season ticket holder. "For years he has patiently waited to have a good team built for him and it hasn't happened. In fact, things have gotten worse. He didn't really have another option."
Peterson isn't sure what he'll do yet in Los Angeles.
"I may start my own NFL team here, I may join a flag football team, who knows," he said. "At the very least, I'll stop losing every week and I may be able to surround myself with some people who have half my talent for a change."
Peterson says he consulted former Lions running back Barry Sanders before making his decision to move.
"We have similar careers — we're great talents who were stuck playing for crap teams," says Sanders. "I should have relocated myself during my career. But I just contracted myself from the league and I still regret doing that."
There is a last-ditch legal effort to keep Peterson in Minnesota on the Vikings, but Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says he is not optimistic it will be successful, "because we lose everything."