Peterson targets Emmitt’s mark in 2017

AP

Eric Dickerson needs to worry about Adrian Peterson.  So does Emmitt Smith.

Peterson, who holds the single-game rushing record, openly has talked about toppling Dickerson’s single-season mark.  Now, Peterson is talking about becoming the all-time leading rusher.

With 9,506 yards to go, Peterson predicts he’ll surpass Smith’s mark of 18,355 within five seasons.

I have to do some calculations,” Peterson told Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  “I’ve been in the league seven years.  I’m already right around [9,000].  Calculate it out. . . .  Let’s think.  Maybe get a couple 2,000 yard seasons. . . . I’ve got . . . hmmm . . . 2017.”

Peterson added that he believes it will happen late in the 2017 season.  Specifically, in Week 16.  By Wiederer’s calculations, Peterson needs to average more than 120 yards per game to get there.

We’ve got a feeling that, whether it’s in Week 16 of the 2017 season or Week 17 of 2018 or Week 18 (possibly) of 2019, the day is coming to, as Chad Johnson would say, kiss the baby.

73 responses to “Peterson targets Emmitt’s mark in 2017

  1. I dont think he will do it in 5 years but if he averages 1500 in the next 6 seasons the record is his.

    Then again he did break the single game rushing record in his rookie year. So if anyone can do it its AP.

  2. Does this mean we now get to hear Greg Jennings say things like, “hey 28 never mention the word team. 28 needs to be a leader and not worry about himself”.

  3. I’m not gonna say he can’t do it. After last season everyone should know not to doubt AD. Would love to see him do it but would have to be a miraculous five year run.

  4. Al Davis saw no reason to draft AP. After all, at that time, we had Justin Fargas toting the rock for us. #$@#$@#$^#$^#$^#$^#$^#$^#$^#$$^#$^#$, ugh, stupid, senile @$##$^%&&%$&^

  5. PEDerson eyeing rushing records.

    Jared Allen wants the sack record.

    Greg Jennings wants more opportunities.

    This “team” seems so misguided.

  6. I would like to see it but so many running backs begin to break down when they turn 30, Peterson is going to have to prove to be the exception to the rule.

  7. Even if he doesn’t reach the record he’ll still be in the top 5 of running backs all time and maybe the greatest once it’s all said and done.

  8. I wouldn’t believe any other RB making such a claim, even without the time stamp, but Peterson… I believe that guy. He’s a different breed than most others, for sure.

  9. yes, well, might as well go for personal glory, who wants a lombardi anyway….

    aaah, all hail the new ME generation….

  10. I’d love to chime in and say some sarcastic remark…but this is AP and I refuse to doubt him anymore.

  11. It’s a ridiculous prediction but if anyone can do it, he can. If you gave me a choice between Peterson and Emmit, I take AP all day. Imagine what he could have done behind that Dallas O-line.

  12. Yeah…. Peterson is great but to average 1900 yds a season for 5 seasons…. delusional.

    Look at the last few rushing champs…. all of them have taken a step back the following year. He should be happy with 1600 this year.

  13. Count me as one of the people who believe Emmitt Smith’s durability and longevity at the halfback position is perhaps his most amazing feat–he had more carries than anybody in NFL history. Smith had 11 1,000 yard seasons in a row. Peterson would have 6 in a row were it not for his injury. In 5 seasons Peterson will have been in the league for 13 years. That’s a long time for a halfback, and a lot can happen between now and then.

    If anybody can do it Peterson can, but to tell the truth I don’t think anybody will be breaking that record the way the position is going.

  14. People were saying this same sort of thing about Ladanian Tomlinson at this point in his career, and he had 300 more yards after his first 6 seasons than Peterson has. We all saw how that turned out, a Hall of Fame career but no where near the record. I will start considering it a possibility when he passes 14,000 yards and he still has a long way to go to get there. I am not saying he isn’t great. One more season and he is probably going to get in the HoF himself, but with his violent style of running it is going to be difficult for him to last long enough to hit 18,000 yards.

  15. There’s no ‘I’ in team. But somewhere there’s a great big one hidden in Peterson.

  16. Reporter asks question.

    AP obliges with an anwer both probably fun and semi serious.

    AP is arrogant jerk that needs to shut his mouth.

    Sound about right?

  17. Hard to imagine someone with his running style to stay healthy long enough to break Smith’s record especially when he gets into his mid 30s. Say what you want about old E but the one thing you can’t deny was his durability.

  18. It’s comments like these that will assure you that number 1 spot in fantasy drafts now and for years to come. Now, who should I take at 10?

  19. I dont think that record will ever fall. Even if AP is still a decent back in 5 years someone will have to be feeding him carries. Most teams move on to the next best YOUNG thing.

    Emmitt wont loose any sleep over this

  20. I’m sure I’m in the minority but I think this year starts petersons decline. Workhorse backs like him tend to fall off after year 6, sometimes you can put it off a year or two if you start out splitting carries, but Peterson has been the workhorse since day 1. Nobody kept themselves in better shap than Tomlinson and even he fell off after year 6

  21. I will say he is the best RB in the game today but that does not make him any less delusional than his fellow teammate, Jared, “I’ll have another serving of Road Kill” Allen. (notice how the Vikings are always emphasizing individual goals, not that of the team).

    All this me, me, me talk, no wonder Jennings sign with the Vikings. It sure wasn’t for another Superbowl ring.

  22. You know what? You don’t have to like the Vikings to like this young man. He’s a decent guy, no issues, works his heart out and gives everything he’s got. If you don’t think he’s fun to watch (Okay, against everyone except your team, maybe!) you don’t like football, just a certain shade of jersey. Look, I’m a Viking fan but I love to watch players of the quality of Rodgers, Megatron, Brady, RGIII — and Adrian Peterson. These guys are the epitome of what makes the NFL what it is.

    Run, Adrian, run!

  23. Due to the terrible QB situation in Minnesota, they’ll have to feed him the ball 500 times to gain any yardage at all. And nobody can withstand that kind of pounding, not even with the aid of PEDs.

    Adrian Peterson will have 600 yards by the 8th game, at which time he’ll blow out his other knee and be done for 2013.

  24. I like how they dont show the actual quote like how they were joking around and this was all in good fun, or that AD said this might be pushing it but would be a good tool to motivate

  25. Of course viking fans wont admit it but this guy seems more interested in personal glory than the team. Even if a reporter asked you would expect the answer to be i cant look beyond this season. I will do what i can to help us win.

  26. Even if he does (he won’t?), so what? Smiff has the record, but everyone knows there are three guys behind him who were better running backs.

    Barry Sanders is still the greatest pure running back ever. Ever!

  27. Individual stats.

    I swear the Vikings could go 0-16 and they’d be content if their punter led the league.

    Individual stats are the playground of the feeble minded Viking fans.

  28. It breaks my black heart to have to like this guy, but I do. There just aren’t many guys that play every down 100% anymore, and he is one of them. It’s a shame he has to live in Minnesota for part of the year.

  29. elwaysagenius says: Jul 30, 2013 1:21 PM

    This guy is clueless, wow. The HGH isn’t helping his brain at all.
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    Did I miss something? Do you have a link that AP used HGH? Or just spouting crap from your keyboard? Which one is it?

  30. gbmickey says: Jul 30, 2013 2:26 PM

    Of course viking fans wont admit it but this guy seems more interested in personal glory than the team. Even if a reporter asked you would expect the answer to be i cant look beyond this season. I will do what i can to help us win.
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    Yeah as evidenced in the fact he came out of the game last year in week 16 without complaining and the fact he was happy the Vikings kicked that FG in week 17 instead of going for the record.

    A man is allowed to have personal goals. But keep twisting it as if it’s all about him. He wants to win as much as any other person out on the field. Give it up already.

  31. filthymcnasty1 says: Jul 30, 2013 2:17 PM

    The Vikings focus on stat padding helps explain their lack of success in the Won/Lost columns.
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    LOL. Only one game behind the Pack and better than 2/3s of the rest of the league. Yeah your statement is real valid….NOT!!!!!!!!!!

  32. God I hope so anyone but E.Smith. I was sad when Walter record was broken and I am not a bear fan I am just OLD SCHOOL. HTTR.!!!!!!!!!

  33. Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen have become infected with Chris Carter disease.

    “Me, me, me, me, me, me……………………….”

    Successful teams don’t let these kind of egomaniacs subjugate the team goals for their personal agendas.

  34. theres no doubting his greatness but reality is that he’s already 28 and will hit a wall between 30-32. this a brutal physical game that will make you age real fast. when its all said and done he will finish at about 15k yards at best and will most likely never match what he did last year as that will be his best season ever. look back at all the great record years for the players in the past and see how they generally did the following year. usually, not even close.

  35. AP is a great football player without a doubt. As a Packer fan I can tell you that I don’t relish the thought of playing him twice a year. Barry Sanders is the only RB that I enjoyed watching as much as AP.

    I hope he gets that record because I like the guy personally and he’s a hard worker. Now, having said that, I think it will be very difficult for a few reasons. Obviously he has to stay healthy, but if he does, I think he has 5 good to great seasons left. Because of his running style, he’ll probably breakdown sooner than he thinks. That means just over 1900 yds per season. That’s a tall task, especially on a team that’s trying to develope a young QB. I wish him luck….

  36. Packer defenders will gain 100 more yards than Peterson this year. At least that’s how far AD will knock them backwards!

  37. And you guys say Rodgers is arrogant. Even though he easily could talk about his accomplishments he never does always reverting back to the team unlike peterson who refers to himself at every opportunity.

  38. I say NO WAY, not because AD can’t do it. Because he won’t have to do it. He has a more talented roster and his touches will go down. Ponder will improve and throw more also. So I’m saying no because of team not because of ability.

  39. Vikes seem to need a few more Packers! Since the ones they got are having a hard time convincing the team the ONLY stat that is important is WINNING!

  40. Sounds like a real team player to me….Minny fans can stop thinking super bowl as long as AP keeps thinking like this…

  41. steaderic says: Jul 30, 2013 2:00 PM:

    “It’s comments like these that will assure you that number 1 spot in fantasy drafts now and for years to come. Now, who should I take at 10?”

    I know the question is rhetorical in nature, but I just cant help myself! Lynch, Morris or Richardson. Whichever of those three are still left on the board. Damn I cant wait for the drafts!!!

  42. doubleogator says:
    Jul 30, 2013 4:38 PM
    Sounds like a real team player to me….Minny fans can stop thinking super bowl as long as AP keeps thinking like this…

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    They actually don’t care. Start talking about divisional championships from the 70’s and 80’s, and they’ll tell you that that’s all that matters.

  43. If anyone can do, it’s Adrian Peterson.

    You’d think the packers weren’t in camp with all their fans posting on Viking threads. Pay attention to your own team and stop worrying about how good the Vikings will be.

  44. And saying all Adrian Peterson cares about are stats and not winning, play the clip right after he came up 9 yards of the record.

    He stated, just 9 yards? But we made the playoffs, right? Thats all that matters.

  45. Well this certainly turned into a Packer troll circle jerk quickly.

    Sure RBs will inevitably go through a tremendous amount of wear and tear over time and slow down, but we’ve also never seen someone who is the physical specimen that AD is play the game. If anyone can do it, the best money is on him.

    The only person that I can think of that kept himself in better physical condition would be Jerry Rice and he did pretty well with longevity.

  46. Wow – he’s only half way there – damn…
    I sometimes forget how good and durable guys like Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders were.

    I figured Peterson was like – 60% there…

  47. Peterson has to gain 120 yards per game to reach the record by his timetable. Very attainable. Packer fans hope any of their runners can gain 120 yards in 2 games. That would be a stretch.

  48. punkthepack says: Jul 30, 2013 7:32 PM

    Peterson has to gain 120 yards per game to reach the record by his timetable. Very attainable. Packer fans hope any of their runners can gain 120 yards in 2 games. That would be a stretch.

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    Packer fans don’t really care as long as they keep beating Adrian Peterson and the hapless, tasteless Vikings twice per season, the way they have in each of the last 3 seasons.

  49. Peterson is very good and he seems like a good person. But whenever somebody starts talking about how good they are before they’re that good, they continue to fail. It’s a vicious cycle. Superiority complexes run rampant in Minnesota. Listen to the braggart fans…… you’d think the Vikings have already accomplished something. Does overeating and passing out from Jell-O shots cause this behavior? Does wearing baseball caps backwards when you’re over forty cause brain damage? How about wearing sunglasses at night….could that be a factor? I’m trying to help. I really am.

  50. Compared to Emmitt at the same point in their careers, Adrian has roughly 110 less yards on roughly 250 less carries. If he can stay healthy for the next 7 years he has a legit chance at doing it. Breaking it by 2017 is probably pushing it though. I sure hope he does it!!

  51. “herlies says: Jul 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    PEDerson eyeing rushing records.

    Jared Allen wants the sack record.

    Greg Jennings wants more opportunities…”
    You’d think maybe one of them would want a Lombardi Trophy.

  52. For everyone that says it was Emmitt Smith’s offensive line that was the reason for his greatness, here’s something to think about From 1990 to 2002 Emmitt played behind 5 different centers, 4 different right tackles, 9 different right guards, 5 different left guards and 4 different left tackles. What was the only constant in in that time span? Emmitt.

    Oh, and those were just the starting lineups at the beginning of each season. Cant even count the number of times a 2nd or 3rd string lineman came in and played due to injury

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