Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the league, without a doubt, but can he reach 2500 yards as he claims?
In a recent interview, Peterson mentioned that while his primary goals were team based and that he was focused on winning the NFC North, but his secondary personal goal was to reach 2500 yards.
"I'm like wine, man. I get older, and I get better" Peterson stated.
Two seasons ago, Peterson fell nine yards short of the all time single season rushing record, but carried his team into the playoffs. There is no doubt that his body is still in very good condition, but the Minnesota Vikings have relied on him solely for many seasons and we all fear that our time watching this all time great running back may be coming to an end.
When the reporter asked if Peterson was nearing the end of his career, he laughed and told the reporter that he was as good as he had ever been.
Typically, running backs in the NFL start to wind down at age 30, but this is not a typical running back. Peterson has terrorized the league season after season with his relentless running style, and shows no sign of slowing down. He even referred to his recent recovery from an ACL injury to show that he was not like other players:
"They said 'Oh, ACL, you'll never come back from it. So, it is what it is. It doesn't apply to me. I have a totally different mindset, mind frame," he said.
Peterson has always been his harshest critic, and there is no doubt that even a 2000 yard season would be impressive, but he sets his goal at the 2500 yard mark next season. This would mean that he would have to average about 150 yards per game, a ridiculous feat, even for running backs at the height of their careers, but Peterson has complete confidence in his ability.
When asked if he really thought that he could reach 2500 yards, he responded:
"Without a doubt".
Peterson has faced adversity throughout his entire career, with a potentially career ending injury several seasons ago, and losing a son last season. He certainly has plenty of motivation and will power, and is one of the more highly respected players in the league.
In a league where the passing game is becoming more favored over running, his goals will not be easy, but if it was easy, everyone would do it.
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