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Emmitt would like to be there to see Peterson break his record

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is setting his sights on breaking Emmitt Smith’s record for career rushing yards. Smith would like to be there to see the record broken.

I’m very proud to see what Adrian has been able to accomplish thus far, especially after the devastating knee injury a couple years ago,” Smith told SportsDayDFW.com. “To see him bounce back last year and have over 2,000 yards rushing is nothing short of remarkable. Can he do it? Hey, I’m not going to say no one can ever achieve that level because I was able to achieve it myself. It’s not reserved for me. Records are made to be broken. All I can do is sit back and say: Good luck, go for it and the day that you get close to it, please call me and invite me so I can come watch.”

The 28-year-old Peterson currently has 9,130 career rushing yards, putting him at almost the halfway point toward Smith’s record of 18,355 yards. But realistically, Peterson is a long shot to reach Smith’s career total.

At the start of the season in which Smith was 28 years old, he already had 10,160 career rushing yards. So Peterson is more than 1,000 yards behind Smith at the same age. And Smith’s longevity was very, very rare among NFL running backs: Smith gained 5,789 yards after his 30th birthday, the most yardage ever for any player in his 30s in NFL history.

So Peterson would have to beat some long odds to break Smith’s record. If Peterson does it, Smith will be there to celebrate with him.

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  1. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 27, 2013 9:59 AM

    Will Emmitt still be alive in 15 years?

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  2. scoops1 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:59 AM

    Walter Payton is still the best RB of all time….

  3. bucrightoff says: Sep 27, 2013 10:00 AM

    AP would have rushed for 2,500 a season if he got to run behind that ridiculously good Cowboys O-Line from the 90′s.

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 27, 2013 10:02 AM

    AD is going to have to do better than 4.1 yards per carry if he wants to get there.

  5. jiveturkeygobbler says: Sep 27, 2013 10:02 AM

    Frank Gore may give the yards after 30 years old record a run for its money if he keeps this up.

  6. nfl4days says: Sep 27, 2013 10:03 AM

    You mean Barry sanders. He had less and did more in less time. We’ll see where AP stands at the end. There’s nothing that days he won’t be on their level or even surpass them when its all said and done.

  7. ma5terbla5t3r says: Sep 27, 2013 10:06 AM

    Walter Peyton had no game. The most overrated player of all time.

  8. kgun80 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:11 AM

    Barry Sanders is… I’m sorry but the truth is put Smith on a team without what May have been the best o-line ever he has a slightly above average career.

  9. snaponrules says: Sep 27, 2013 10:11 AM

    Emmitt was an average back AT BEST.
    He played behind the biggest and cheatingest line ever assembled.
    Behind any other line he would put up pedestrian numbers.
    Payton and peterson are twice the backs emmitt ever could be.

  10. Patriot42 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:14 AM

    With Cassel as their QB I seriously doubt if he can hand the ball off to AP with out dropping it.

  11. westampa says: Sep 27, 2013 10:14 AM

    Lets put an asterisk beside Emmitts record becasue we all know Barry would have crushed it.

  12. akasaintsbaby says: Sep 27, 2013 10:15 AM

    Peterson is a great rb and all the vikings have but I don’t think he will beat that record. I wish he would get traded and go to a team that has a shot at getting him a ring.

  13. glennsyank13 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:16 AM

    Breaking all time rushing records are easy for Peterson. That’s why he has zero.

  14. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:17 AM

    Bo Jackson is the best RB of all time. He could truck you like Earl Campbell, break a 90 yard run like OJ Simpson, juke a defender like Barry Sanders. He was the complete back. No other RB came close to Bo Jackson.

    I doubt AD breaks Emmit’s record though.

  15. wtfchiefs says: Sep 27, 2013 10:17 AM

    Barry Sanders owns that record without ever having possessed it.

  16. logicaldawg says: Sep 27, 2013 10:17 AM

    Emmitt has the right attitude about what it means to hold a record, unlike, say Eric Dickerson or the ’72 Miami Dolphins. i.e. you don’t elevate yourself by knocking others down.

  17. maxkingpin says: Sep 27, 2013 10:19 AM

    E Smith was fortunate to play in an offense with Troy Aikman, Irvin and that (not a Dallas fan) incredible O-Line.
    Peterson is stuck with washed-up or poor QBs with a below average group of receivers.
    With the rules favoring the passing game, that record will be hard to beat.

  18. cornerstone2001 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:21 AM

    Barry Sanders would have put that record beyond any one’s reach

  19. trollsetter says: Sep 27, 2013 10:23 AM

    Just keep drafting QBs that can’t complete a pass and he’ll reach it for sure.

  20. purpleguy says: Sep 27, 2013 10:24 AM

    Doubt it will happen with the more violent way AP runs.

  21. britishteeth says: Sep 27, 2013 10:25 AM

    Smith should have received the lifetime achievement award, not the career rushing yards title. I’m too young to have ever seen anything but highlights of Jim Brown. Walter was the best I’ve seen.

  22. joeytorontosucks says: Sep 27, 2013 10:26 AM

    As seen from last year, AP is also very rare. I wouldn’t bet against him

  23. mylionsroaring says: Sep 27, 2013 10:28 AM

    Why are we talking about this??? The guy is miles away from it. A lot can happen in 8ooo yards or so. It really don’t matter anyway, we all know Barry Sanders should own the record. It would have been fun to see what he would have had behind the O-line in Dallas, and a few more years. That record would have been unbreakable.

  24. longhairdontcare66 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:32 AM

    We all thought the same thing of LT. Problem is sooner or later backs that get the ball 20+ times a game for 10 seasons lose a step and get hurt all the time. Case and point MJD the past few seasons.

  25. minnesoulja says: Sep 27, 2013 10:33 AM

    I hope he is still in purple in gold to do it. He is, in my humble opinion, arguably in the top five all time all ready.

  26. northernwisc says: Sep 27, 2013 10:33 AM

    Emmitt Smith = classy….. (Hey Eric Dickerson – get out a pad of paper and a pen and start taking notes!)

  27. chefgoldblum says: Sep 27, 2013 10:34 AM

    I think it is pretty cool and classy of Emmitt to say that. On the opposite end of the spectrum you have that turd Dickerson. I hope Peterson smashes his record…as long as the Vikes lose twice to my beloved Packers.

  28. skippynj says: Sep 27, 2013 10:37 AM

    If Barry Sanders had the O line Emmitt had, he’d have had 40,000 yds. rushing. Emmitt was all about Emmitt. If not, he’d have retired instead of limping into obscurity with the Cards. Emmitt Smith, one the greatest compilers of all time.

  29. dfields4 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:39 AM

    I don’t see this record ever falling. Not that there aren’t any RB’s talented enough to do it, it’s just that they will never get the chance Emmitt got. Times have changed.

  30. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Sep 27, 2013 10:39 AM

    Switch Emmitt and Barry Sanders OL during their careers. Sanders would have 20K yards, Walter would still be second of all time, and Emmitt wouldn’t be in consideration for HOF.

    And yes I agree, Walter was the best of his time but I am biased as a Bears fan.

  31. Kolo Jezdec says: Sep 27, 2013 10:42 AM

    Barry Sanders is still the best RB of all time…

  32. TBaySlim says: Sep 27, 2013 10:46 AM

    love watching AD and his greatness, that said it will be very tough for him to break smith’s all-time rushing great due to the amount of hits AD takes. If one person could do it, he’d be the one but the record speaks to smiths greatness as well as durability.

  33. bmoreravens1012013 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:47 AM

    I love A.P. but I don’t even think he will stay healthy long enough to do it, not to mention he needs a legitimate qb or teams will just keep stacking the box. Emmit had troy aikman and actual weapons all over the place. We all know what the vikings have and dare I say , it ain’t enough! I hope I’m wrong about his health but I just think last year was an anomaly.

  34. jbl429 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:48 AM

    “And Smith’s longevity was very, very rare among NFL running backs”

    If anyone in the league right now has a chance to do it, it’s AP. He’s a pretty rare player himself, and if he can rush for 2000 months after tearing his ACL, I believe he can rush for 18,355+ as well.

  35. honkeyt says: Sep 27, 2013 10:51 AM

    If Al Davis hadn’t hosed Marcus Allen he may be answering the questions in this interview.

  36. 87hollywoodhorn says: Sep 27, 2013 10:51 AM

    i got news for you emmitt, deuce mcallister already broke all your records!

  37. bigdogbob says: Sep 27, 2013 11:01 AM

    It is still about 4 years too early to even start having the conversation about whether or not AP is going to break Smith’s record. AP is going to pass 10,000 yards this season which still puts him 8,000 shy of breaking the record. If he is able to stay on the same pace he has for the first 6 years of his career it will still take him another 5 or 6 years to break that record after this season. So, he just has to keep up this pace until he is 34. Can he do it? Sure, but he has a lot of tackles to survive between now and then and another blown out knee will make it real difficult to hit that mark.

  38. gojags says: Sep 27, 2013 11:02 AM

    Chris Johnson will say he will beat Emitt’s record in one NFL season.

  39. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 27, 2013 11:05 AM

    Emmitt had probably the most dominant o-line ever over all most of those years, which AP does not has not and will not have… Coupled with the fact that he’s pretty much all Minnesota’s got… So he isn’t going to make it…

  40. 1bigtex says: Sep 27, 2013 11:06 AM

    Well, Mr. Blaster, Emmitt Smith may or may not be alive in 15 years, but one thing is for certain. Adrian Peterson won’t be playing RB in the NFL at age 43!!!

  41. sandblastermoron says: Sep 27, 2013 11:07 AM

    Playing against the vaulted green bay defense twice a year should make this an easy task!

  42. jbaxt says: Sep 27, 2013 11:08 AM

    Smith is a top 10 back of all time, but not top 5. His yards show he’s number one, but only fans of Dallas believe that. Sayers, Campbell, Sanders, Payton, Brown, Dickerson, Simpson, and Dorsett were all better. One could argue Tomlinson, Zonka, Riggins, Davis, and even McGahee were all as good as Smith.

  43. dino2997 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:12 AM

    The best of all time is most definitely Walter Payton but I’m sure there are a lot of fans that have probably never seen him play.

  44. whatjusthapped says: Sep 27, 2013 11:15 AM

    Peterson and Barry Sanders share two common traits, they are/were the best RB’s of their time and neither ever win a Superbowl.

  45. mikewhorio says: Sep 27, 2013 11:17 AM

    I love AP, but there’s no chance he breaks the record. RBs just don’t have the longevity they used to (PEDs perhaps?).

  46. natelan69 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:21 AM

    LT could have done it but chose not to.

  47. oakfolk says: Sep 27, 2013 11:28 AM

    Bo Jackson would have been the best and Barry Sanders was the best….imo

  48. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 27, 2013 11:30 AM

    raiderlyfe510 says:Sep 27, 2013 10:17 AM

    Bo Jackson is the best RB of all time. He could truck you like Earl Campbell, break a 90 yard run like OJ Simpson, juke a defender like Barry Sanders. He was the complete back. No other RB came close to Bo Jackson.
    _________

    You just described Adrian Peterson.

  49. athwartships says: Sep 27, 2013 11:32 AM

    The way their season is going, Shouldn’t be hard for Emmitt to find tickets by then.

  50. dlw492 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:33 AM

    A longshot, are you kidding me? This guy has another 2000 yard season in him, he’s definitely not a longshot from breaking this record.
    He could possibly break this record by the time he’s 34 years old

  51. fissels says: Sep 27, 2013 11:37 AM

    Barry Sanders was without a doubt a great runner. But he retired too early to be considered as the greatest ever. He’s still in the top 5 but not #1.

  52. 1bigtex says: Sep 27, 2013 11:38 AM

    When are we going to quit seeing the idiotic “Bo Jackson was the greatest RB ever” posts? The dude never had a 1000 yard season. He averaged 4 TDs and less than 700 yards a season. If you are the greatest ever, you have to have a CAREER. 2782 yards and 16 TDs is not a career. Good grief, Eric Dickerson topped that after about a year and a half in the league.

    Greatest Tecmo Bowl RB ever? Okay.
    Greatest NFL RB ever? Of course not.

  53. gochargersgo says: Sep 27, 2013 11:39 AM

    Why does everyone hate on emmitt? Are his incredible longevity and work ethic not admirable? It’s not like anyone ever says he was the best ever, so idk why people feel the need to bash his career. The fact that he was able to play so long is just as impressive as anything any of these other guys have accomplished.

  54. stevent92 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:40 AM

    I don’t know why we have to have a “greatest” of all time. We can celebrate a lot of these guys.

    I’m a HUGE Peterson fan, but honestly, when you look at Jim Brown, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, seriously how do you pick who EXACTLY is the greatest?

  55. sikoix says: Sep 27, 2013 11:50 AM

    huge Viking fan, huge AD fan, but Smith’s record will be tough to topple. I don’t see it happening with Peterson’s running style, but I’d love to be proven wrong.

  56. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 27, 2013 11:51 AM

    1bigtex says:
    Sep 27, 2013 11:06 AM
    Well, Mr. Blaster, Emmitt Smith may or may not be alive in 15 years, but one thing is for certain. Adrian Peterson won’t be playing RB in the NFL at age 43!!!

    —-

    Which, for the sarcasm challenged, was my point.

  57. titansbro says: Sep 27, 2013 11:53 AM

    No chance, only reason Emmitt is being so cool about it.

  58. bruno1433 says: Sep 27, 2013 11:56 AM

    Say what you want its Emmitts record . None of those probowl linemen made a probowl till he was drafted.

  59. joestemme says: Sep 27, 2013 12:00 PM

    Ironic how an article about Emmitt giving AP his best wishes turns into another Emmitt-bash-a-thon. Was Emmitt far and the way the most athletically talented RB? Probably not.
    But, being an all-time great ALSO includes longevity, consistency and clutch play in big games – all things Emmitt displayed in spades. Barry and Brown quit. Emmitt was a solid back all the way until those last couple of Cardinal seasons. And, Emmitt won 3 Super Bowls including one where he played the ENTIRE playoffs with a separated shoulder. (lest us not forget that exciting playoff game where Barry gained ONE yard, One.) And, that vaunted Cowboys O-Line? Sure, it was very good, but only Larry Allen is a Hall-of-Famer – and Allen wasn’t even there for Two of the Three Super Bowls!
    Am I saying that Emmitt was “better” than Brown, Payton or Barry (among other contenders)? No, but, he had perhaps the greatest career of them all. Give him that. Don’t automatically drag him down because he didn’t make as many Sportscenter ready plays either. Oh, and he’s a pretty fair dancer too……… :)

  60. reesesteel23 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:00 PM

    All Day STILL has 50 more yards through week 3 this year than he had last year. Real All Day fans aren’t even worried.

  61. trollaikman8 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:05 PM

    Would AD get the amount of touches if he had a legit QB in front of him?

    One has to ponder….

  62. jwilliamsspf says: Sep 27, 2013 12:13 PM

    Wow…Emmitt Smith makes classy remarks regarding one of his records being broken, and a bunch of you have nothing but “Barry Sanders” comments. Was Barry mentioned in the article at all? You all can’t help yourselves I guess. I am not a Cowboys fan, but you all should realize something.

    Barry does not own the career rushing record. And for those of you playing “would’ve” games, memory should serve you better in that Barry Sanders quit. If you are consistent with your “would’ve” theories, then I guess Patriots went undefeated in 2007. Are you guys all okay with that?

  63. EJ says: Sep 27, 2013 12:37 PM

    If Barry Sanders would have stood in the league as long as Emmitt Smith did, we’d be talking about his record instead. Nobody was as good as a running back as Sanders.
    Also, If Sanders had the same Offensive Line as Smith did… He would have made a record that would have never been able to be broken. Sanders was averaging 1,696 yards a season, which would have put him around 23,751 if he would have played as long as Smith. Take a little off for the age factor and you are looking at around 22,000 yards, which would absolutely shatter ES’s 18,355.
    Beside Adrian Peterson, Chris Johnson looks like he should make it up high on the list, as long as he can stay healthy. IMO, I don’t see either one touching the record held by Smith. Its possible, but a long shot.

  64. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 27, 2013 12:48 PM

    So far this year, Peterson already looks washed up.

  65. indychiefsfan says: Sep 27, 2013 1:06 PM

    “Achieved what I achieved for myself” E.S. you ran behind the best o-line money could but before we had a salary cap during most of your career. I would argue to say anybody who breaks your record now has achieved much more.

  66. 4greatestvikingever says: Sep 27, 2013 1:13 PM

    Lawrence Phillips is the greatest running back ever.

  67. troy43mvp says: Sep 27, 2013 1:24 PM

    Jim Brown Period

  68. mrsmell says: Sep 27, 2013 1:28 PM

    The best years of my football memory were of Thurman, Barry, and Emmitt battling for top RB honors year in and out. Those were the days when a hit was a hit.
    I hope AP can break the record cause he maybe the last hope.

  69. shadowman1433 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:37 PM

    Lucky for Emmitt there are always plenty of seats available at Vikings games so no problem getting in to watch.

  70. drunkadamschefter says: Sep 27, 2013 1:43 PM

    Peterson should get some extra credit for having to carry 9 guys on his back though with the pathetic offenses he’s been in. How about 1.25 yards for every yard?

  71. seahawksbmx says: Sep 27, 2013 1:47 PM

    Probably disingenuous, but classy thing to say.

  72. justalonewolf says: Sep 27, 2013 1:53 PM

    Newsflash to Emmitt Smith, buy a ticket and go!
    Duh LOL

  73. jwilliamsspf says: Sep 27, 2013 1:58 PM

    Thank you, “EJ” for proving my point.

    “IF” has no part in sports. “IF” Bo Jackson would have come out and played only football AND stayed healthy, he would’ve owned the record. This is really easy isn’t it?

    “IF” Greg Cook would’ve stayed healthy, the Bengals would’ve won 3 Super Bowls.

    “IF” Drew Bledsoe and Trent Green wouldn’t have gotten hurt, the Patriots and Rams would have never won Super Bowls.

    “IF” Jerry Rice would have been drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, the 49ers would not have been as good in Super Bowl XXIV.

    Who else has one? This is fun! Let’s just start rewriting history in our minds for the Barry Sanders’ fans out there. Fans of a guy who quit instead of playing out his agreement that he made with the Lions. And then his dad had to get involved. Oh by the way, everyone hated on Eli Manning for his daddy getting involved, but somehow Barry Sanders has always gotten a pass?

    And the oline arguments are tiresome. Emmitt Smith had only one hall of fame offensive lineman blocking for him. That’s ONE more than Barry Sanders. They played in two completely different types of offense. One was a Spread\Run & Shoot offense and one was a Power Run offense. Barry Sanders and his line were right for Spread, and Emmitt and his line were right for Power Run.

    The fact remains that Smith has the record instead of Sanders because Sanders quit. Not because Sanders’ oline wasn’t has good as Smith’s. Find a new argument please. Also, stop talking about Sanders when this article has nothing to do with him to begin with.

  74. jcav22 says: Sep 27, 2013 2:00 PM

    Blah blah blah..O line.

    Lots of backs played with that O line Dallas had and couldn’t do anything.

    Lots of other teams like Buffalo, SFO, GB, etc had great O lines also during those times and their backs didn’t do anything.

    To sit there and say it was all the O line just shows how stupid the majority of you are. If you ever watched Emmitt, you can see he had amazing vision and slight moves that made you miss. He was a downhill runner and he still had great open field moves to make people miss.

  75. jcav22 says: Sep 27, 2013 2:02 PM

    Also, the durability of Emmitt will not be seen for a long time if ever.

  76. norflkva says: Sep 27, 2013 2:03 PM

    AP is 1 helluva running back but the Vikes have no pass attack to take the pressure off AP so teams will key on him all season and dare Ponder or whoever to beat them throwing the ball. AP will be lucky to get 1200 yards this season. Smith record will remain intact for decades because the NFL has become a passing league and running backs only have a shelf life of 3 to 5 years. Any years after that are God given.

  77. joker65 says: Sep 27, 2013 2:17 PM

    Too bad Barry Sanders was a quitter. He could have put this record way out of reach.

  78. tokyosandblaster says: Sep 27, 2013 2:38 PM

    Hard to believe that Peterson was ever a real MVP.

  79. jr4real says: Sep 27, 2013 2:46 PM

    1. Jim Brown (because of the era he played in. “No holds barred”.)
    1a. Barry Sanders
    3. Walter Payton
    4. Emmitt Smith

    25. Bo Jackson

  80. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 27, 2013 3:21 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:Sep 27, 2013 2:38 PM

    Hard to believe that Peterson was ever a real MVP.
    _____

    I know. Aaron Rodgers should be the MVP every year because that team would be winless without him.

  81. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 27, 2013 3:23 PM

    4greatestvikingever says:Sep 27, 2013 1:13 PM

    Lawrence Phillips is the greatest running back ever.
    ______

    I guess that makes sense if you accept the premise that #4 was the greatest viking ever.

  82. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:35 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Sep 27, 2013 3:21 PM

    I know. Aaron Rodgers should be the MVP every year because that team would be winless without him.

    ********************************************

    Actually the Packers have won a NFL record 12 World Championships without Aaron Rodgers.

    The Viking fan losers seething hatred has them concocting imaginary scenarios to feel better about themselves.

  83. shatho1 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:44 PM

    Barry Sanders and all these other big name rb’s have nothing to do with this article. Emmitt holds the record as it stands so get over it. You don’t hear any Dallas fans whining about it. And this comment from 87hollywoodhorn about Duece McAllister breaking ALL of Emmitt’ s records(if this is true) he hasn’t broken the one everyone is talking about. Maybe u better go look at that calendar again and make sure the Cowboys r playing the Aints on a Sunday November 10th and not a Monday!!! GO COWBOYS!!!

  84. danoj14 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:47 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Sep 27, 2013 4:35 PM

    Actually the Packers have won a NFL record 12 World Championships without Aaron Rodgers.

    The Viking fan losers seething hatred has them concocting imaginary scenarios to feel better about themselves.

    ——————————————————–

    So you think without Rodgers the Packers would have won in 2010? They could win this year?

    You remind me of the joke : How many Packers fans does it take to change a light bulb…

  85. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 27, 2013 4:54 PM

    danoj14 says:
    Sep 27, 2013 4:47 PM

    So you think without Rodgers the Packers would have won in 2010?

    *******************************************

    Yeah, lets all imagine a pretend world with no Aaron Rodgers – where losers like you don’t have to cry yourself to sleep every night.

    LOL

  86. danoj14 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:05 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:

    Yeah, lets all imagine a pretend world with no Aaron Rodgers – where losers like you don’t have to cry yourself to sleep every night.

    ——————————————————

    Actually, you brought up the championships they won without Rodgers (“Actually the Packers have won a NFL record 12 World Championships without Aaron Rodgers.”) or did you forget?

    And a typical Packer fan…resorting to name-calling when they don’t want to answer a question and have no valid argument.

    Oh, I’ll be by later tonight and I would like fries with my meal.

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