Ex-Vikings guard Alex Boone now a KSTP-AM 1500 radio analyst


In October, when Washington running back Adrian Peterson was preparing to play a game in Minnesota for likely the final time, many of his ex-Vikings teammates were saying glowing things about him.

But not Alex Boone.

Boone was a boisterous NFL offensive lineman from 2009-17, including with the Vikings in 2016. That was the last of Peterson’s nine seasons with Minnesota, one in which he battled injuries and rushed for just 72 yards in three games.

Boone now is a radio analyst and has continued to live in the Twin Cities. He is on the Purple Daily show on SKOR North (KSTP-AM 1500) two days a week for three hours. Leading up to Peterson’s Oct. 24 return to U.S. Bank Stadium, Boone was asked by show host Matthew Coller his impressions of the seven-time Pro Bowl selection.

Boone criticized Peterson’s work ethic in 2016 and said he was a “very self-centered player and it bothered me.’’ He pointed to the final game Peterson played for the Vikings, against Indianapolis in December 2016, and said he “ran the wrong way on a power and fumbled the ball and blamed it on the line.’’

Boone received some criticism for his comments. Brandon Fusco, a Minnesota guard from 2011-16, wrote on Twitter that Boone was a “fake tough guy” who needed “to look in the mirror” and that Peterson was “one of the better teammates I had.’’

“I called (Fusco) to see what was up, and he was upset and I told him my story and he told me his, and we were like, ‘All right, cool.’ ’’ Boone said in an interview. “That was it.’’

Boone stands by what he said then and what he regularly has said on the air. With the Vikings (10-5) coming off an ugly 23-10 loss at home against Green Bay on Monday, Boone was plenty critical of their performance.

Boone said on the air that the offensive line, regardless of running back Dalvin Cook being out with a  shoulder injury, was “just not showing up to play.’’ He was especially critical of the play of center Garrett Bradbury and left guard Pat Elflein, and said they have been an ongoing issue.

Boone said on the air it looked “stupid” that the Vikings abandoned against the Packers much of what they do well on offense. He brought up quarterback Kirk Cousins’ record falling to 0-9 on Monday Night Football and speculated about Vikings coach Mike Zimmer being “like, ‘You know, I’m still not a believer’ ” in Cousins.

Boone this season, though. has been complimentary at times of Cousins, in the second year of a three-year, $84 million contract. He has called left tackle Brian O’Neill “really special,’’ has said linebacker Eric Kendricks is deserving of NFL Defensive MVP, has lauded the play of rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. and has said offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski has what it takes to be a good NFL head coach.

Whatever he says, for Boone it’s all about being honest.

“It’s really trying to get through all the nonsense and garbage that you hear on game day because sometimes I feel like these announcers blow a lot of smoke and it’s like, listen, you don’t always have to listen to those guys,’’ Boone said. “Sometimes, you can make up your own opinion. You know what football looks like. If it doesn’t look good to you and they’re telling you it is, they’re clearly lying to you. You can have your own opinion about it.’’

Boone, 32, is on the Purple Daily Show from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and 2-4 p.m. on Thursdays. He also is regularly on Sirius XM NFL Radio, has made appearances on NFL Network and has a regular gig on a San Francisco radio station. Boone played for the 49ers from 2009-15; he was a starter in their 34-31 loss to Baltimore in Super Bowl XLVII after the 2012 season.


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