Adrian Peterson has voiced strong criticism over players complaining about the NFL's new mandatory thigh and knee-pad rule, says nfl.com.
The new guidelines being implemented by the league state that all players must wear thigh and knee pads, otherwise they cannot take the field.
The change has prompted complaints from a number of high-profile players, who believe the introduction will only cause problems, and hamper their ability to run.
Peterson however is fully behind the new rules, and is baffled at why players are protesting.
"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," said the 2012 MVP.
"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."
Peterson's publicised stance will go some way to backing the NFL's new policy, as the running back is currently aiming at breaking the leagues all time rushing record.
The 28-year-old ran 2,097 yards last season - just eight short of Eric Dickerson's record.
Peterson added: "The guys who are around me know: 'Shoot, Adrian wore every pad there is -- elbow pads, forearm pads.' They're surprised I don't have a neck roll on."
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