Adrian Peterson has sights set on Smith and Dickerson records

AP

Even though he missed what should have been one of his prime years, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson still thinks he has a shot to break Emmitt Smith’s all-time rushing record.

As for Eric Dickerson’s single-season record, he definitely thinks he can break that one.

Peterson didn’t lack confidence when discussing his comeback season during Adrian Peterson Day in his hometown, saying he wants to play seven or eight more years, which would give him a chance to break Smith’s all-time mark of 18,355 yards.

The 30-year-old Peterson’s at 10,190 yards now.

I don’t think it’s impossible,” Peterson said, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “A lot of things are still to come. … I look at things that anything is possible. He played 15 years. I’m going into year nine but I’ve only got eight on the body. That’s a long-term goal [to break the record]. . . .

“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.”

He came just short of Dickerson’s single-season record in 2012, with 2,097 yards, and said he wants to cross the 2,000-yard mark again. Peterson’s wife Ashley raised the bar even higher, saying 2,200 is a reasonable goal.

“I think he can definitely do it,” she said. “His mind-set is totally different than anybody I’ve ever met. He’s very determined; he’s very strong-minded; he’s very strong-willed. I think he has a goal in mind and he’s not going to stop until he reaches that goal. . . .

“I think he’s going to go out there and surprise a lot of doubters and the naysayers.”

While fueling the fire with the words of the mythological “haters” is standard fare for NFL athletes, Peterson’s also working against history. Thirty is the age when many backs begin the steady decline, and even if he’s able to come back strong this year, maintaining that long enough to challenge Smith’s record will be a tall order for any player.

102 responses to “Adrian Peterson has sights set on Smith and Dickerson records

  1. Oh lord. He should set his sights on trying to win a super bowl. Personal stats is all this guy has ever cared about.

    He is not a true MVP, and never will be.

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  2. We’re happy to see you try in Purple. I sure hope you can prove all the doubters wrong.

  3. Let’s see, their owner predicts a Superbowl, their fans think the same, delusion seems to the common thread in Minnesota so why not predict that you are going to set the NFL rushing record?

    I will be the first to say he has the talent but I don’t think he has the offensive line.

  4. He won’t make it. Not because he is incapable, but the realistic likelihood is that his skill set will decline at least a little in the next 2-3 years…and he will price himself out of the game.

    When he starts averaging 3.0 yards a game but wanting 20 million: career over.

  5. I’d rather hear him talk about team goals rather than individual feats…always have been uneasy when players focus on the latter, and AP has a long history of this. Talk winning instead, that’s what the primary focus should be.

  6. Typical Peterson, all “I’s” in his statement.
    Go ahead and get that record.

    He will be remembered as a child abuser and for never having played in a super bowl.

  7. He’ll impress me when he breaks O.J, Simpson’s record of over 2000 yards when they only had 14-game seasons.

  8. Well,if he had the Cowboys line in front of him it would be more believable! The Vikes don’t have that quality of line, but as a vikes fan good luck! He sounds ready to go, and SO am I for football.

  9. The Dickerson record I think he can get if everything breaks right, such as getting traded to the Cowboys with their stud O-line.

    Emmitt’s record? No chance. Peterson left out a few facts when comparing himself to Smith. For one, the age – yes, Emmitt played until he was 35, but he was completely useless the last 3. Peterson has 4 years left, 5 at the absolute maximum. He’d need to average more than Dickerson’s record year for 4 years to get to Smith. Ain’t gonna happen.

  10. I don’t think he can do it and I hope he doesn’t.

    And you can lump me into the mythological “haters” group as I hate when people beat on kids.

  11. I would prefer if he and other players kept their goals to themselves. Having said that I hope he has a great bounce back year.

  12. Here’s the problem with stating this – even if Peterson thinks he can break these records, it continues a pattern of him thinking the team revolves around him and his goals.

    Considering everything that has transpired over the last year, wouldn’t it make sense for AP to talk up doing all he can do to contribute to the success of the Vikings??

    For him and his wife to have this attitude is self serving; fortunately for the Purple they have a HC in Zimmer that won’t put up with that nonsense…

  13. As a Viking fan, I’m glad Peterson is back, but I wish his goals were more focused on helping his team win a championship.

    That said, unlike 2012, the Vikings now have their QB situation resolved for the foreseeable future. The chances of Peterson getting enough carries to post another 2,000 season don’t look so good.

  14. Picked up right where he left off: talking about getting individual records instead of championships. Enjoy your 5-10 season Vikings fans.

  15. Doesn’t matter what records he breaks. His legacy and reputation are destroyed forever. Except to Viking fans who first defended him, then bashed him for beating his son when it looked like he would go somewhere else, then went back to defending him when it was clear he was going to stay.

  16. Why not? Records are meant to be broken. If he breaks the single season record, which he almost did, against the Packers, that would put a cherry on top of the moldy cheese sundae.

  17. Big time PACK guy here. Man, I really hope he doesn’t play 7 more years for selfish reasons haha! But if anyone can do it, AP can. Good player, he can come play for my squad any day. GO PACK!!!!”!!!

    )))))

  18. If Peterson gets the sort of second wind that John Riggins did after his one-year “retirement,” Peterson will easily surpass Smith’s record. (Riggins returned to the NFL in his early 30s and had the most productive five-year run of his career, including six consecutive post-season games with 100+ yards rushing and a Super Bowl MVP performance.)

  19. At this point, he just needs to shut up and play. I’m personally hoping he spends the season fighting a hamstring problem. Karma will be watching.

  20. Don’t worry about breaking records bro, worry about forever damaging your brain with all the punishment you’ll receive if you play another 5+ years.

    Records mean nothing if you permanently drooling in your soup.

  21. That’s exactly what a young QB doesn’t need, a guy saying “give me the ball” because he’s more concerned with the stat sheet than the scoreboard. I see a trade coming.

  22. The chance of him getting injured goes up every season he plays as another year older running back.he certainly doesnt have a Dallas offensive line blocking for him and its nice to see his personal goal is number one priority rather than going to the Super Bowl as a team.

  23. In his 9 year career only once did he challenge the single season record and he did it under extremely suspicious circumstances…. PEDs anyone????

    I hope the NFL decides to drug test the heck out of him in retaliation for his lawsuits…. It would be great if he got busted for PEDs and had to sit more games.

  24. Well if his wife says that he can break the records, then it definitely could happen…..we all know she is a football expert.
    She hopes so cause its more money for her child support and
    “lifestyle” needs

  25. I’m blessed with tremendous talent and recovery and…

    …and my own personal tank of HGH…

  26. “Why not? Records are meant to be broken. If he breaks the single season record, which he almost did, against the Packers, that would put a cherry on top of the moldy cheese sundae.”

    Denying Peterson that record was pretty sweet but in the grand scheme of things it was just one more way for the Pack to deny the Vikings and their fans any kind of joy or happiness whatsoever. In other words… business as usual.

  27. As usual, AP is only about AP. He puts up huge numbers but his team fails to win games. This equation will never change. Even with him back and trying to hit some personal record, 5-11 season, maybe.

  28. Still the best running back in the league, that’s all that matters. Doesn’t matter that he was answering a question, not just blatantly saying “hey, I want a record”. He already talked about winning a SB when he returned, just wasn’t a headline on PFT. See how that works? Not everything everyone says is a headline and not all headlines are put into context.

  29. He only has 2,054 career carries, which is much fewer than most Hall of Fame running backs when they reach age 30. I believe it’s the wear and tear, not the age, that causes the decline. He could easily have 1,500 carries left in him. What will prevent him from breaking the records is that the running game is going to take a back seat to the passing game. It’s more efficient to move the ball through the air than on the ground if you have the ability to do it. Teddy Bridgewater has the ability. So fewer records, but more wins. I can live with that.

  30. As long as the coaching staff commits to a balanced offense rather than following the league-wide trend of pass first, then he has a decent shot.

  31. If any back could do it, it would be Adrian. Given he miss last year and gave his body a break might help. However, it’s kinda unlikely. He gets dinged up a lot and every other year it seems like he misses at least 3 games due to an ankle or something. Like I said though. If anyone can catch both those records and play effectively at 38, it’s him.

    I compare him a lot to Moss in a way. Both are amazingly talented. Often the best player on the field. Peterson son has one thing most didn’t, no not 8 kids…. he has work ethic. Moss always kinda seemed lazy or disinterested. Peterson really hasn’t shown that. I think Peterson plays at least 5 more effectively.

  32. Stop with the PED junk. He was one of the only players that pushed for PED testing. I watched this kid back in High school, he has always been a man among boys. So people are just blessed with freak of nature athleticism. I.E. Bo Jackson. Now if you don’t like him as a player or person that’s one thing, but don’t throw around accusations when you don’t have proof to back it up. Go get’em A.P!

  33. NOW FEAR US!!
    C U IN SF @ SB 50!!!
    Packer fans get your tickets early!!!
    So you can enjoy how 50 years later things change…and it will be that much sweeter with you there when the VIKE KINGS RULE!!!

  34. Huge Viking fan here………….. Oh crap, I forgot what I was going to say…. I know it had to do with myself…

  35. I was just suspended for a year for beating my kid. If I get caught doing anything like that again, I’ll never wear a NFL helmet again. I’m going to need some more guaranteed money.

  36. I’m still amazed that some of you are willing to root for this turd at all. And don’t give me any of that “He made a mistake” jibber-jabber. The evidence and history show all too clearly that Peterson is a pure turd and always has been.

    You hitched your wagon to this turd for several years and all he ever did for you was pad his personal stats. It’s time to flush the turd, hitch your wagon to Bridgewater, and see where he takes you. At least Teddy is likable and seems like a very decent young man.

  37. As a Vikings fan I find it interesting that my team seems to generate more hatred than any other.

    Would love to know why. I have a feeling the answers will make me smile big.

  38. Hey, it’s an article on AP! I think I’ll pile on and pretend my only goal is to save the children!

    Bahhhhh……

    Whatever. If any other star stated he wanted to be the best (Rodgers anyone???), people would say that he’s a true champion. You’re all just piling on. And guess what? AP and Vikings fans don’t really care. And the rest of the Vikings players and coaches really don’t care.

    Just win baby!

  39. At least AP will still be a “significant” player in the NFL when he breaks Emmitt’s record.

    What a joke Smith was; “released” by Dallas, then picked up by Cardinals in his non-productive years. Probably due to his constant begging to play for a team just to make his name in record book!

  40. Do any of you clowns realize that AP doesn’t call the offensive plays? So, what’s he really saying here? Well, he’s basically saying that when he gets the ball he is going to try and gain as many yards as possible. Gasp! That is so selfish and not team oriented!

  41. “Be the best” or set records.

    I can’t recall Rodgers ever stating he wanted to set personal records, but I do recall him stating he wanted to be remembered as one of the best men to every were a football jersey.

    Maybe that’s too subtle a difference for a guy whose team has never won anything but for teams that make winning a habit it isn’t subtle at all. Teams win as a team. Guys like Peterson are team killers because they don’t know how to make the whole better than the individual.

  42. Having fresh legs is overrated. He’s still a year older and a year out of playing actual professional football. We don’t even know if he’s still good enough to be in the league until we see him play, let alone whether he’s a top tier RB. He was so good before that he’s probably still got what it takes but it’s by no means a given. RBs drop off FAST when they start to decline and it can happen any time. One injury and he could be done as a star NFL RB.

  43. “If only he could rush against the packers D in every game he would break the record middle of next year.”

    I’m with you, considering the Vikings are 4-12-1 against the Pack since drafting Peterson. He can break all the records he wants to as he “leads” the Vikings to yet another losing season.

    I love guys like you with your “Oh yeah? So what if the Packers beat the Vikings by 40 points! AP ran for over 200 yards! The Packers are terrible!”

  44. Team goals?? He plays for the vikings!!

    4 of the last 5 years they have been below .500.

    Brett Favre won a single playoff game for the vikings. The only playoff win for Peterson.

    What team goal could he have?
    We hope to win 5 games this season.
    We want to win a divisional game.
    We want to not lose by too much on our one mandatory Thursday Night game on national television.

  45. fearadmiral says:
    Jun 15, 2015 11:52 AM

    As a Vikings fan I find it interesting that my team seems to generate more hatred than any other.

    Would love to know why. I have a feeling the answers will make me smile big.

    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    It’s because we have the most playoff losses in NFL history, no championships, and we sign every Packer castoff. Yet we anonymously get on here and talk crap like we’ve actually accomplished something. We’re a joke of a team and an even bigger joke of a fan base.

    Smiling big now??

  46. “As a Vikings fan I find it interesting that my team seems to generate more hatred than any other.

    Would love to know why. I have a feeling the answers will make me smile big.”

    If you really don’t know why, you must not have been paying very close attention. As the guy above said, it’s not the team, it’s the fans.

    There’s very little trash talk of the entirely disrespectful variety between Packer fans, Bear fans and Lion fans. There is load upon load of completely disrespectful trash talk between Viking fans and all of the above.

    Fans of teams outside the division that “have no dog in the fight” will pop into NFCN divisional threads now and then just to laugh at the Viking fans and their delusions.

    This reminds me of another old saying:”If you think everybody else is crazy, odds are, it’s you.

  47. Nice to have the old Adrian back… the one who can’t stop talking about himself.

  48. RegisHawk says:
    Jun 15, 2015 9:48 AM
    I’m blessed with tremendous talent and recovery and…

    …and my own personal tank of HGH…

    ———

    This coming from a Seahawk fan. That’s like a Packer fan calling somebody annoying.

  49. thepackerpoet says:
    Jun 15, 2015 7:34 AM

    I think Eddie Lacy has a much better shot then Adrian Peterson does. And it’s not even close.

    duece5 says:

    That comment above is one of the more idiotic statements I have ever read on PFT……and it’s not even close!!!!!!!

    The only thing Eddie Lacy will beat Adrian Peterson to is the buffet line!!!!

  50. tqaztec says:
    Jun 15, 2015 9:39 AM
    No mention of Vikings or Super Bowl.
    ——————————————————
    AP just wanted to set goals he thought were actually possible.

  51. tokyosandblaster says:Jun 15, 2015 7:09 AM

    Oh lord. He should set his sights on trying to win a super bowl. Personal stats is all this guy has ever cared about.

    ———————————————————-

    He did set his sights on trying to win a Super Bowl…but the Vikings wouldn’t release him.

  52. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jun 15, 2015 1:20 PM
    “As a Vikings fan I find it interesting that my team seems to generate more hatred than any other.

    Would love to know why. I have a feeling the answers will make me smile big.”

    If you really don’t know why, you must not have been paying very close attention. As the guy above said, it’s not the team, it’s the fans.

    There’s very little trash talk of the entirely disrespectful variety between Packer fans, Bear fans and Lion fans. There is load upon load of completely disrespectful trash talk between Viking fans and all of the above.

    Fans of teams outside the division that “have no dog in the fight” will pop into NFCN divisional threads now and then just to laugh at the Viking fans and their delusions.

    This reminds me of another old saying:”If you think everybody else is crazy, odds are, it’s you.
    ——————-
    So says the Packer fan posting on every single Vikings article, while ripping on Vikings fans. Mmmmm……………

  53. atthemurph says:
    Jun 15, 2015 12:22 PM

    “Be the best” or set records.

    I can’t recall Rodgers ever stating he wanted to set personal records, but I do recall him stating he wanted to be remembered as one of the best men to every were a football jersey.

    Maybe that’s too subtle a difference for a guy whose team has never won anything but for teams that make winning a habit it isn’t subtle at all. Teams win as a team. Guys like Peterson are team killers because they don’t know how to make the whole better than the individual.
    ———————–
    You’re comparing apples to oranges. QB’s must make the team better. They touch the ball on every play. They distribute the ball. They call audibles. They make WR’s and RB’s better.

    A RB carries the ball when his number is called. Yes, he can make the O-line better with his running, which AP most definitely does. But to say AP is a team killer is just pure nonsense.

  54. TheDPR says:
    Jun 15, 2015 12:25 PM
    Having fresh legs is overrated. He’s still a year older and a year out of playing actual professional football. We don’t even know if he’s still good enough to be in the league until we see him play
    ——————
    What in the world are you talking about? First, he is 30, not 65 years old. Having fresh legs is very, very important. And you have to be the first person I’ve seen that is wondering if AP is still good enough to play in the NFL.

  55. I sure hope he doesn’t do it. He may be a bit delusional, but “thepackerpoet” truly is. Lacy’s body will take a beating and he won’ t last 10 years.
    *********************

    thepackerpoet says:
    Jun 15, 2015 7:34 AM

    I think Eddie Lacy has a much better shot then Adrian Peterson does. And it’s not even close.

  56. Chris Johnson 2.0, in terms of his words.

    Only this guy is also a delusional, self-centered. “no-me-in-team,” egomaniacal child-beater.

  57. I remember back when it looked like Peterson would certainly be traded earlier in the off-season, many Vikings fans actually started to sound like rational, decent human beings. They started to realize how selfish and stupid Peterson is, and how only a terrible person would whip a toddler til he’s bleeding all over his legs, butt, and privates…..

    …..of course, now that he’s back with the Vikings, all of that has disappeared, and it’s back to “WOO PETERSON, BEST EVER!!! VIKINGS SUPER BOWL!!!!”

    Sad. But expected.

  58. AP, nobody cares about personal accomplishments in Team games, Championships are everything, that is how you will be looked at when your career ends, how many rings does AP have? If the answer is 0, the yards were meaningless!

  59. I will cheer when he scores & puts the team in the lead, but if they are up by 10 towards the end of the game I won’t be looking forward to a long run.
    I believe people deserve a 2nd chance when they understand what went wrong. He seems clueless & has revealed himself as self absorbed.

  60. johnnytarr says:
    Jun 15, 2015 3:23 PM

    I will cheer when he scores & puts the team in the lead, but if they are up by 10 towards the end of the game I won’t be looking forward to a long run.
    I believe people deserve a 2nd chance when they understand what went wrong. He seems clueless & has revealed himself as self absorbed.
    —————-
    I found this amusing. Aren’t you self absorbed by deciding when to place your moral righteousness based upon the score of the game?

  61. macneil4025 says:
    Jun 15, 2015 3:22 PM

    AP, nobody cares about personal accomplishments in Team games
    ——————
    That simply isn’t true. For starters, a reporter asked him about it, so somebody obviously cares. And, there are any number of people in different sports in their respective hall of fames based upon personal numbers and zero championships. So, your entire post is pretty much dead wrong.

  62. jcbadger34 says:
    Jun 15, 2015 3:05 PM

    I remember back when it looked like Peterson would certainly be traded earlier in the off-season, many Vikings fans actually started to sound like rational, decent human beings
    —————-
    I never expected him to be traded. I listened when the Vikings said the entire time he wouldn’t be traded. And, I believe a single mistake does not stain a person for life, even if they’re a Packer fan.

  63. “As a Vikings fan I find it interesting that my team seems to generate more hatred than any other.

    Would love to know why. I have a feeling the answers will make me smile big.”

    It’s because the Vikings have the most annoying fan base. Dallas is close, but at least they had something to gloat about a long time ago.

  64. conormacleod says:
    Jun 15, 2015 3:54 PM

    jcbadger34 says:
    Jun 15, 2015 3:05 PM

    I remember back when it looked like Peterson would certainly be traded earlier in the off-season, many Vikings fans actually started to sound like rational, decent human beings
    —————-
    I never expected him to be traded. I listened when the Vikings said the entire time he wouldn’t be traded. And, I believe a single mistake does not stain a person for life, even if they’re a Packer fan.
    ————

    Congrats on never being a decent, rational human being?

    Yeah, and I’m sure that’s the only time he’s beaten his kids.

    (……Actually, it might be, considering how little he sees them.)

  65. “So says the Packer fan posting on every single Vikings article, while ripping on Vikings fans. Mmmmm……………”

    I didn’t rip on anybody. I just stated the facts. It’s not even a matter of opinion; it’s absolute fact. You people don’t get along with anybody. That’s on you, not me.

  66. Selfish, maybe. However if he runs for 2000 yards this season I’m pretty sure the Vikings will be in the playoffs.

  67. Actually about 99% of the Viking haters on these boards are Packer Fans.

    The reason Bears/Packers/Lions fans are so friendly toward each other isn’t mutual respect, it’s mutual lack of self esteem and acceptance of mediocrity. Viking fans aren’t afraid of a fight, we welcome it. You can’t hurt us with your trolling, you only inspire us to troll you harder in return.

    It’s called fighting spirit. We have it, yes we do. Shame the rest of the NFC would rather hold hands and sing nursery rhymes with each other.

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