Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Redskins’ left tackle Trent Williams. One turned in one of the finest single-season rushing performances in NFL history. The other blocked for the best Redskins’ rushing performance in 80 years.
Now both players are working together to get better.
Just months removed from an ACL reconstructive surgery, Peterson started Week 1 of the 2012 season and finished the year just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s 2,105-yard season. He started in the Pro Bowl for the NFC squad, and would have played behind Williams, who has become one of the best left tackles in the NFL.
Williams anchored a Redskins’ line that blocked for the best single-season rushing performance in franchise history (Alfred Morris, 1,613 yards), as well as the top rushing attack in the league with 2,709 yards on the ground.
No. 71 allowed just three sacks this year, despite the challenge of matching up against some of the premier pass rushers in the NFL today. In fact, Pro Football Focus rated Williams as one of the best players in the league this season in their “2012 Top 51″ list.
So after an incredible turnaround this season, how does the budding star improve on his 2012 season? The answer is simple. If you want to be the best, then you have to train with the best.
In preparation for his return to Redskins Park for offseason conditioning, Williams is offsite working out with his former Oklahoma Sooner teammate.
Peterson tweeted this picture of the two hitting the treadmill, which we assume was just one of the many exercises as part of their own offseason conditioning program.
Around the league, Williams is considered among the best — if not the best up-and-coming player at his position in the NFL. He is tasked with, arguably, the most important position on the field and challenged each and every game to protect quarterback Robert Griffin III’s blind side.
He’s proven that he has the skill set and ability to get the job done both in pass blocking and in run blocking. Some may argue that he still has some work to do in order to reach elite status, but it’s fair to say that the sky is the limit for this budding star and he’s definitely taking the right approach this offseason in order to take his game to the next level.
To the rest of the NFL: it’s March 5th; do you know where your left tackle is?
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