Adrian Peterson has responded to complaints surrounding the NFL's new padding rule, after the player's union expressed it's unhappiness at the changes. 

Under the new ruling by the NFL, players are now required to wear both thigh and knee pads during play, something which has annoyed some who believe the extra padding will slow them down. 

However Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings is in favour of the ruling, and has criticised those complaining. 

"I'll call BS on that," Peterson said to Mike Garafolo of today. 

"It's like, you're a National Football League player. If a pad that doesn't weigh but a couple of ounces slows you down, you don't need to be playing in this league. Like, come on now. Seriously."

With the league placing much emphasis on health and safety, Peterson is pleased at the decision which will hopefully prevent many injuries. 

"Guys like to be pretty, not wear the thigh pads and knee pads, but it protects you. There have been plenty of times I got hit in my knee and when I had my pants pulled up too high and that pad wasn't there to protect it. It didn't feel good. So I make sure I keep my pads pulled down and covering my knee just to be able to protect my body."

This padding is not optional, and those players who fail to comply with the regulations will be sent off by officials.  

NFL vice president Troy Vincent explained why there are grumble around the players union about the new requirements. 

"It's psychological. Less pads you are faster, skinnier, that's just the way I was introduced to the (pro) game," he said. "It's a culture shift. They will adjust," said the former All-Pro safety.

Peterson was one of the best players in the NFL last season, rushing for more than 2,000 yards over the course of the NFL regular season.

The Pro Bowl running back is widely regarded to be the best in his position currently active.


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