During his time as the Minnesota Vikings’ head coach, Leslie Frazier had contrasting relationships with the two star players on his offense: Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin.
The Vikings traded the talented yet mercurial Harvin to Seattle in March 2013 after a season in which he screamed at Frazier on the sideline in November and reportedly had an altercation with the coach before the Vikings put him on injured reserve with a sprained ankle during the middle of their playoff push.
Peterson, on the other hand, was the Vikings’ most vocal player in support of Frazier when the coach’s job was on the line last December; Peterson said after the Vikings’ final two games of the season that he wanted Frazier back, at one point adding he wanted to play for the coach for the rest of his career and saying he planned to share his thoughts with ownership. After the Vikings fired Frazier on Dec. 30, Peterson said there was a time where “I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t feeling good about being in Minnesota at the end of last season.”
The circumstances for both players, of course, have changed significantly in recent weeks. Peterson is awaiting a Dec. 1 trial after pleading not guilty to child abuse charges, and Harvin is preparing for his first game with the New York Jets after the Seahawks traded him last week.
Frazier is now the defensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who play the Vikings on Sunday. In his weekly news conference with Tampa reporters on Thursday, Frazier offered his support for both Peterson and Harvin.
“Tremendous talents; Pro Bowl players, both of them. I enjoyed my time with them. I love both of them,” Frazier said. “I haven’t talked to Percy in a while. I have talked to Adrian, through some of the things he’s going through. I wish both of them nothing but the best. They were great for me. They helped me tremendously during my time with them. They know, from the bottom of my heart, I wish for nothing but the best for the both of them in their future endeavors, whatever they may be.”
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