Adrian Peterson is one of the nicest guys in the NFL - and it seems like everybody in the league agrees.

Because when an ESPN NFL Nation Confidential survey asked 320 players who they'd like to see in the Super Bowl that hasn't yet appeared in the showpiece match-up, Vikings star Peterson was the winner.

It was a close run thing between Peterson and future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez.

The former-Kansas City Chiefs star moved to the Atlanta Falcons searching for that elusive ring, but injuries scuppered the Falcons' hopes this year.

Gonzalez had three less votes than Peterson.

The Vikings running back won the 2012 MVP award after finishing just nine yards short of breaking the single season record for rushing yards.

Only two backs have reached 10,000 yards quicker than Peterson, and yet for all his individual accolades he's yet to play in a Super Bowl.

Playing for a team like the Vikings doesn't help - the quarterback situation is a mess.

But it speaks volumes about Peterson's likeability in the league that his peers believe a talent like his deserves a place in the spotlight at least once in his career.

"That's pretty cool," Peterson told ESPN. "It feels good. I guess guys are able to see the passion that I play with, the desire I play with, and they respect it enough to make that type of statement.

"It says a lot, and it means a lot."

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