Adrian Peterson Back; AD Eyes Emmitt’s NFL Record

by Fred Pahlke | Posted on Saturday, June 20th, 2015



AD in training with the Vikings this week (Photo: AP)


Emmitt Smith’s NFL rushing record will be under attack by the reinstated Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson as the great runner out of Oklahoma U begins his comeback from a child abuse conviction of beating his son with a stick. AD, 30, trails Smith by over 8,000 yards but believes he can do it. In an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press (Chris Tomasson) Peterson doesn’t put it past him not to get the record.

“I don’t think it’s impossible,” Peterson said to Tomasson. “A lot of things are still to come. … I look at things that anything is possible. [Smith] played 15 years. I’m going into Year 9, but I’ve only got eight on the body. I think I can play [past Smith’s retirement age of 35]. I’m blessed with tremendous talent and recovery and everything, so I feel like I’ll be able to play as long as I want. … I want to play seven more [years]. Eight. I really feel that I can be 38 out there and still be the best running back in the NFL.”

The Vikings star runner has played in 104 career games and rushed for 10,190 yards. He is 28th on the NFL’s career rushing list and is 8,165 yards away from tying Smith’s career mark of 18,355 yards.

AD has said he plans on getting 2,000 yards this year. HIs best season Peterson rushed for over that total only once, in 2012 when he got 2,097 yards on the rush.



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