For many sportsman, facing accusations about the use of performance enhancing drugs (PED) would be met with disapproval.
However, reigning NFL star Adrian Peterson is taking pride in such claims, with the running back flattered that his hard work is drawing attention.
The 28-year-old Minnesota Viking's player told USA Today Sports that he isn't under the influence of PEDs, but takes any speculation he would test positive as a compliment to the hard work and training he puts in each day.
"Seriously. Especially with the amount of work I put in. Guys say that to me, or if I hear someone saying that -- it makes me feel good,” said the NFL MVP.
"When you know you don't do it, and someone's saying you do, you're like, 'Wow. They think I'm on HGH? I'm doing that good? Well, hoo! Thank you, Jesus!' It's a compliment. I don't get mad about it at all," he said.
Peterson picked up the most valuable player award last season after narrowly missing out on the NFL's all-time record for rushing yards with a total of 2,097 yards last campaign.
After tearing his ACL and MCL at the end of 2011, he made a miraculous recovery that meant he only missed one week of the regular season, which led to questions about his training and health programme.
But the star insisted he clean, although can see why some players are tempted try and beat the testing system.
"People are trying to get the edge," said Peterson, who has stated that he has a goal of rushing for 2,500 yards in a season.
"The reality of it is, people are trying to provide for their families. People are trying to keep their spot on the rosters. If it's something they can use that's not going to show up, they're going to use it."
Minnesota begin their NFL campaign against the Lions in Detroit on September 8th.
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