For those glued to the TV on the final day of the 2012 NFL regular season, one particular video may come to mind:

Shortly after leading his Minnesota Vikings past the Green Bay Packers to clinch a playoff berth, Adrian Peterson was interviewed by sideline reporter Pam Oliver. Both Oliver and viewers knew that Peterson had come just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record; Peterson finished 2012 with 2,097 yards, short of Dickerson’s 2,105 yards. But when Oliver told Peterson, he gave a befuddled look, and insisted he didn’t know how close he really was.

He confirmed that his reaction wasn’t an act Friday on The SiriusXM Blitz.

“I went into the game telling myself, ‘Hey, don’t worry about the record,'” Peterson said. “‘Do what you have to do to help this team win, play your role. And if it’s meant to happen, then it will happen.’

“And then, talking to Pam after the game and she said nine yards. It really threw me off. […] Once it finally clicked, that I was nine yards short, I was like, ‘Wow, I would have rather been 30 or 40 yards short, not so close.'”

Peterson also spoke on the program about the arrival of one wide receiver, and the departure of another.

“Greg Jennings, he’s a guy I’ve played against and watched several times,” Peterson said. “When I’m sitting on the sideline [watching Jennings when he was still on the Packers], I’m always asking myself, ‘How is he getting so open?’ Now, being in OTAs and being around that guy, I see why.”

Peterson continued to talk about Percy Harvin, who was dealt in the offseason to the Seattle Seahawks.

“It’s hard to replace a guy like Percy, to be honest with you,” Peterson said. “But if you’ve got a guy who really doesn’t want to be there, if that’s the case then yes, it’s better off for the team [that he’s gone].”

Listen below to hear Peterson discuss his and his teammates’ relationships with Harvin, and about the offseason progress of Vikings starting quarterback Christian Ponder.

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