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Vikings' Peterson declares: I'm all natural

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  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, here catching the ball during NFL training camp Friday in Mankato, Minn., says he is eager for the league to approve testing for human growth hormone.

      Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, here catching the ball during NFL training camp Friday in Mankato, Minn., says he is eager for the league to approve testing for human growth hormone.
    Associated Press

 
By Dave Campbell
AP Pro Football Writer

MANKATO, Minn. -- Embracing the challenge has always been a part of Adrian Peterson's persona.

Following his quick comeback from reconstructive knee surgery, surpassing the 2,000-yard mark and the league MVP award last season for the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson said Friday he'd eagerly accept another test: for human growth hormone.

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The NFL and the players union have been working on an agreement for HGH testing procedures. Supplemental HGH is a banned substance but difficult to detect. Peterson said he's been hoping for a long time the league would put the test in place. He's seen and heard the accusations of cheating but said he's "all natural" and "clean as a whistle."

Peterson said he doesn't mind the skepticism and actually considers it a compliment.

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