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Is Peterson the last great back?


In this Dec. 1, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, left, tries to break a tackle from Chicago Bears free safety Chris Conte during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Minneapolis.

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MANKATO, Minn. — Jim Brown spinning his way through the line and breaking loose in the secondary with a burst of speed.
Walter Payton lowering a stiff arm and tearing away from the tackler with those long, almost-straight-leg strides.
Barry Sanders slithering around in the backfield and finding a seam to dart through.
Those are the enduring images of grit, perseverance and even elegance on which the NFL’s multibillion-dollar empire was first built.
These days the workhorses have become a fading breed. Quarterbacks are the unquestioned stars of the modern game.
“We’re not getting the ball 30 times or ...

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