Adrian Peterson: I can play at a high level until I’m 36 or 37

Adrian Peterson’s newly renegotiated contract runs through the 2017 season, when he’ll be 32 years old. Very few running backs are able to play well at that age.

But Peterson thinks he’ll still be in his prime at 32. And for a few years after that.

“I don’t see the end,” Peterson told Peter King of TheMMQB.com. “Straight up and honest with you, I feel like, and I don’t know if I’ll do this, because I feel like once my mind tells me, You know what—I’m not loving this game anymore, I’ll walk away whenever that time is. But I honestly feel I can play this game until I am 36 or 37 years old. And at a high level.”

Realistically, that’s almost impossible. No 36 or 37-year-old in NFL history has had a 1,000-yard rushing season. Marcus Allen is the only player to even top 500 rushing yards at the age of 37. Even at age 33 it’s very, very rare for a running back to remain at a high level; Hall of Famers John Henry Johnson, Jon Riggins and Franco Harris are the only players to rush for 1,000 yards after their 33rd birthdays.

Peterson is suggesting, at age 30, that he still has eight more high-level seasons left in him. Peterson is 8,165 yards behind Emmitt Smith’s all-time rushing record, so if he’s right, he’s going to retire as the top rusher in NFL history.

108 responses to “Adrian Peterson: I can play at a high level until I’m 36 or 37

  1. Lofty goals, and once in a great while someone does surpass the expectations or history of the game. Funny neither he or Peter King mention ‘barring injury.’

  2. That stick must have bounced off his kid and hit AP in the heads—a couple of times!

  3. Peterson is tempting fate. I think we’ll be hearing a lot of “what if’s” and “if only’s” in this guy’s future.

  4. All indications are that he will be in this league long after other average backs have retired. He is in great shape now and still has great speed. He may not retire a Viking if he plays that long, but he will be contributing somewhere no doubt.

  5. Just sooooo tired of reading about/hearing from this child-abusing clown. Hopefully, the next story will be that he decided to get a vasectomy.

  6. Hey, AP! Keep getting suspended for a year, and you’ll certainly keep those legs fresh until you’re 36 or 37.

    What a tool.

  7. It’s not always up to the player either. When a team can get a younger cheaper player that can produce just as well, you’re sent out to pasture whether you have anything left in the tank or not, especially at RB.

  8. Better hope his kids are willing to take care of him when he’s drooling on himself and can’t remember who he is.

  9. First this guy thinks he can beat his kid in the scrotum with a tree branch and now this???

    The wheels are already falling off of AP’s career. He’s not going to be i nearly the same shape as his was after rehabbing like a maniac to comeback from an ACL tear, especially with a year out of football smoking weed like he admitted to doing.

    1150 yards sounds about right. With a declining YPC.

  10. Can’t wait for this clown to go bankrupt after his career is over and end up in prison where he belongs. I have so much respect for Radisson for doing the right thing and having a line that they won’t cross.

  11. You won’t be playing past your 34th year. You will have taken the Viking for enough money by then and they will probably need a younger RB to get that first Super Bowl win of theirs by then.

  12. It is funny when people are so stupid they don’t realize just how ignorant they really are.

  13. I believe him. This is a generational athlete we are talking about here. This Lions fan is pulling for him to topple Emmitt Smith in the record books.

  14. Lame child beating comments from idiots who obviously have never made a mistake in their life. Wonder how many of these posting idiots are behind on THEIR child support payments??

  15. lenbias34pt says:
    Jul 27, 2015 10:12 AM

    It is funny when people are so stupid they don’t realize just how ignorant they really are.
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    That’s why I love coming here to read comments from Packer fans.

  16. Obviously, it’s preposterous to think he’ll be playing at a high level at age 36. But is it any more preposterous than the predictions that his legs are going to fall off just because he turned 30?

  17. I like that, AP has lofty goals, some players guarantee wins or say their team is winning the SB before the season starts, he chooses to set the bar high and believe he can achieve some great things in his football career. Take it for what it is, a guy with a lot of confidence in his abilities and isn’t afraid to aim for the top. If you’re tired of reading about him here’s a hint, don’t click on an article about him. And for those who keep hating on him every article-“holding a grudge against someone allows them to live in your mind rent-free”

  18. Have any of guys ever done anything that you ha ‘ve regretted???? Ok we’ll stop being a hypocrite!!!he’s a human that plays football for your entertainment.

  19. This reminds me of Shuan Alexander years ago. The season after he had lost a step he came out talking about how he was feeling great, and was going to break all the rushing records…. Then he sucked, and his career never got going again.

    I give AD (All Day) 2 more seasons of top tier Running Back. No more, and quite possibly less.

  20. Lame child beating comments from idiots who obviously have never made a mistake in their life. Wonder how many of these posting idiots are behind on THEIR child support payments??
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    How about being a good Father AND paying your child support.

    I bet you were one of those clueless Vikings fans who revered Peterson for playing after the death of his son. A son that he first met when he was on his death bed. HE WAS 2 YEARS OLD FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. What an amazing display of fortitude it took on his part to play in that game, right?

  21. There are players on rival teams that you just can’t dislike. Barry Sanders and Walter Payton fall into this category. Then there are players from rival teams that are absolutely impossible to like; Adrian Peterson resides there.

  22. Lame child beating comments from idiots who obviously have never made a mistake in their life.
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    Everyone makes mistakes in their life. But most don’t rise to the level of beating your kid with a tree branch so violently that they leave welts and bruises on their scrotum. That’s more than just a “mistake”. That’s some twisted criminal behavior. Or do you believe that most child molesters “just made a mistake” in their life?

  23. This, and all AP related articles, beg the question:

    What is worse? Beating a kid you recognize or having your child die that you never even acknowledged? It’s a tough question, but good thing for AP he’ll always have the honorable Viking fans in his corner to support such a great man.

  24. Everyone is missing the point here. AP is wearing a visor in that pic. Sweet dude, a visor. I bet he got that from Norv! Just like LT back in the day.
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    LT’s was dark, not clear. And you really think that Norv said “Hey Adrian….here you go, I want you to wear this visor like LT did”??????? Get some common sense.

  25. Play 1 year successfully and at a high level, and then those conversations may become relevant…

  26. If anyone is going to do it, it will be Peterson. The guy is a freak of nature, physically. No one thought he could come back in a year and dominate after his knee injury, but of course he did. No one thinks he can be a horse through age 35….we’ll see…I wouldn’t doubt him. This dude almost broke the single season rushing record with Christian Ponder as his QB. There was not 1 team in the league that feared Christian Ponder, ever, at any point in the history of the world.

  27. Dude is over rated. People seem to think he runs for 1,800 yards and 20 tds a season.

    He had 1 season of 1,700 and 1 over 2,000. Everything else was in the 1,300 and 10 td range. Also in nearly every single 1 of those years he was below average in receiving yards and tds out of the top 32 rbs in the league during each 1 of those seasons.

    Yea on the rushing end that’s pretty good on the receiving end not so much. But the best of all time? As people seem to say about him. No not really. He only has had 2 great seasons rushing and non even close on the receiving end. That doesn’t say goat to me.

    That says very good. Possibly hof worthy, but not goat or even top 10.

  28. What is worse? Beating a kid you recognize or having your child die that you never even acknowledged? It’s a tough question, but good thing for AP he’ll always have the honorable Viking fans in his corner to support such a great man.
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    Just like Packer fans support people like Paul Hornung, Reggie White, and Mark Chmura

  29. macjacmccoy says:
    Jul 27, 2015 10:59 AM
    Dude is over rated. People seem to think he runs for 1,800 yards and 20 tds a season.
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    Hahahahahahahaha. Yeah ok = First Ballot

  30. And Boxers think they can win a Heavyweight chanpionship at 45! HAH….er, Wait a minute, George Forman dit it didn’t he?
    The one thing about Football is as soon as you rule something out… Remember thinking the Patriots would be an annual Superbowl contender?
    a 63 yard Field Goal would never happen…. twice
    A player could be active in the NFL as a Player for 20 years…. George Blanda..
    I’m just saying I wouldn’t take that bet on Peterson.
    He is so much better in his prime than the average Running Back, there is no reason he could be playing as well as the average Back in a few years.
    One thing is for certain, the Hall will have another Vikings Player in it 7 years after he retires.

  31. I wouldn’t be against him. Dude turned a career ending knee injury into 2,000 yards and an MVP in less than a year. He’s an athletic specimen like no other. Rocks in his head but can’t dispute his athleticism.

  32. Just like Packer fans support people like Paul Hornung, Reggie White, and Mark Chmura
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    Chmura was never convicted of any crime.

    Paul Hornung and Reggie White? Really? Neither one of those players did anything criminal either. Like most Vikings fans, you know nothing about NFL history. But when you haven’t won anything and have the most Super Bowl losses in NFL history, it’s certainly understandable.

  33. At the end of the day, he was disciplining his child. The marks he left were horrible, but trying to make it seem like purposely tried to chop his child’s scrotum in half is delusional at best.

    Is it about the children or about getting thumbs up? Which one? If you put as much effort into these comments as you would showing support for abused children, then maybe you deserve a thumbs up. Otherwise, you’re just a troll, feeling good about yourself because someone else did something stupider than you have.

  34. The fans at Mini’s training camp were chanting “P-E-D!” Or was that” M-V-P?”

  35. Every year, the same thing. Great athlete believes he can play past his prime.

  36. He needs to be drug tested. I am sure your strong enough Adrian but mr middle age and a slow speed hitting the holes and make your cuts will knock your brains back to reality.

  37. I could see AP getting 1,000 yards every year until his contract expires, that’s for sure.

    Beyond that, AP is more likely to continue rushing for 1,000 yards into his mid-30s than any RB I can think of. The way he keeps his body in shape is phenomenal.

    How many backs come back 9 months after a torn ACL and MCL to rush for 2,097 yards and win the league MVP award?

  38. At this time next year, all these posters will be saying……wow, I can see this happening, especially after Adrian unleashes his wrath on the league, especially the packers.

    Adrian is not a normal athlete. He is not a regular RB in the league, so all the 30+ comparisons just don’t mesh.

    He will break the record, and lead us to the Super Bowl, now that he finally has his QB and defense to boot.

    Those that are commenting DO NOT HAVE ADRIAN PETERSON ON THEIR TEAM, so they do not understand.

    The best of RB our generation, will do down as the best EVER!!!

  39. macjacmccoy says:
    Jul 27, 2015 10:59 AM
    Dude is over rated. People seem to think he runs for 1,800 yards and 20 tds a season.

    He had 1 season of 1,700 and 1 over 2,000. Everything else was in the 1,300 and 10 td range. Also in nearly every single 1 of those years he was below average in receiving yards and tds out of the top 32 rbs in the league during each 1 of those seasons.
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    I can sort of understand people saying he’s over 30 and may not produce. Although I would never bet against the guy, and still think he will gain 1,400 yards and have 12 TD’s this year.

    But this post above? Overrated? Well, let’s do the math here. 1,300 yards and 10 TD’s a season you say? I guess that would be about 13,000 yards and 100 TD’s in 10 seasons (after two more seasons for AP). In what world is that “overrated”?

    BTW: AP’s career receiving numbers are pretty much the same as Marshawn Lynch. And nobody seems to call Lynch a one dimensional running back.

  40. jollyjoker2 says:
    Jul 27, 2015 11:32 AM

    He needs to be drug tested. I am sure your strong enough Adrian but mr middle age and a slow speed hitting the holes and make your cuts will knock your brains back to reality.
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    Apparently you missed the photo last week of how in shape he is right now. Or maybe I missed the article showing his current 40 time and how “slow speed” he is???

  41. BringBackTheFlex says:
    Jul 27, 2015 11:28 AM

    Every year, the same thing. Great athlete believes he can play past his prime.
    ————
    This is true. But, AP is not yet past his prime.

  42. At the end of the day, he was disciplining his child. The marks he left were horrible, but trying to make it seem like purposely tried to chop his child’s scrotum in half is delusional at best.
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    The fact that any discipline even allows for the possibility of leaving welt marks on a scrotum is messed up. There is a difference between firm handed discipline and whipping your kid with tree branches.

  43. Every year, the same thing. Great athlete believes he can play past his prime.
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    This is true. But, AP is not yet past his prime.
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    Might want to google “Inside Slant: Running back cliff after age 27”.

    You’ll see a graph of all RB production vs. Age and then tell me he’s not past his prime. 27 is the peak of production which happens to align with Peterson’s MVP season. It’s all downhill from there….and pretty rapidly if you look at the data.

  44. “Running backs get no such benefit of the doubt, nor should they from a strict business sense. Even Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson, one of the league’s best players at any position, contributed to the curve at age 28 last season. It’s true that he had the fifth-most rushing yards (1,266) in the NFL, but overall fell 40 percent from his 2,097-yard effort in 2012.”

  45. He may be right. The last time I saw a 36 or 37 year old running back in the NFL, I remember the guy was teari…..oh, wait a minute….I’ve never seen a 36 or 37 year old running back in the NFL.

  46. He’s Peterson that never gets tired. Clay Mathew and Rodgers will probably retire before AP. He’s that special for all you haters out there. Jealous people just shut up and leave him alone. You don’t own him and or you’re not God.

  47. dcviking says:
    Jul 27, 2015 11:02 AM
    What is worse? Beating a kid you recognize or having your child die that you never even acknowledged? It’s a tough question, but good thing for AP he’ll always have the honorable Viking fans in his corner to support such a great man.
    ——————————————–

    Just like Packer fans support people like Paul Hornung, Reggie White, and Mark Chmura
    ————————————————

    Hmm………. I see a difference between abusing your child and anything Hornung, White or Chmura may have done.

  48. At the end of the day, he was disciplining his child. The marks he left were horrible, but trying to make it seem like purposely tried to chop his child’s scrotum in half is delusional at best.
    —————
    The fact that any discipline even allows for the possibility of leaving welt marks on a scrotum is messed up. There is a difference between firm handed discipline and whipping your kid with tree branches.
    ——
    Ever heard of a belt? Do you think a belt allows for the possibility of leaving welts? Where have you been? Were you the type that chopped a kids arm off and had to stick your nose in the corner for 10 minutes to think about what you’ve done?

    Again, what happened was terrible, but its time to stop acting like he used his child’s scrotum as a pinata.

  49. “Adrian Peterson is an admitted serial child abuser. He should be in Prison”!
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    “Serial child abuser”?…. I havnt heard that one yet. You have one hell of an imagination I’ll give you that much. Serial child abuser? You shouldn’t let your hatred for this team cloud your brain so much you start making things up.

  50. At the age of 33, Terry Allen ran for over 650 yds despite having no knees!
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    A whole 650 yards???? Wow! Amazing!

    Now take a look at how his YPC went from 4.7 down to an average of 3.7 his last 3 years. Peterson averaged 4.5 ypc his last full season and 3.6 his only game last year (against the 15th ranked run defense). Not good.

  51. if there is no injury, he may beable do it…..except the fact that he is a physical runner. He will need to get mostly 3rd level tackles

  52. Emmitt Smith ran for 937 yards in 15 games at 35. Had he played a full 16 games, he very well could have been the first player ever to cross 1,000 yards at 35.

    I don’t see Adrian Peterson following that same path, though. It’s easy to say that stuff when you’re still young and in your prime. LaDainian Tomlinson said the same thing, too. Emmitt Smith was unique in that his running style was not particularly bruising or flashy. Emmitt had great vision, knew how/when to turn it up field, and yeah, he also had a great offensive line.

    I doubt we’ll ever see another runningback even do so much as extend his “prime” past about 32. Even then, the drop off after your prime is swift. Just ask Tomlinson.

  53. whynotjustadmitit says:
    Jul 27, 2015 12:44 PM
    At the end of the day, he was disciplining his child. The marks he left were horrible, but trying to make it seem like purposely tried to chop his child’s scrotum in half is delusional at best.
    ______________________________________
    You should read the police report and the statements before you throw out your “end of the day” BS. He wasn’t disciplining his child. In fact, his child did nothing wrong. He was getting ready to give his boy back to his mother and this was his way of “toughening him up”. After beating him bloody (and YES it did involve lacerating his scrotum to the point of needing medical attention), this abuser texted the mother stating, “Didn’t shed a tear. I need to find a different way to break him.”

    “Breaking” a four-year-old. Yeah. Right. That’s just the way we all discipline our children. SMH.

  54. Hmm………. I see a difference between abusing your child and anything Hornung, White or Chmura may have done.

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    Actually, you’re correct — with Chmura, it was somebody else’s child…not his own

  55. “1150 yards sounds about right. With a declining YPC.”

    Actually, I think Stats Inc. has already confirmed this stat with the exception of his 2000 yards year where he averaged 6+ yards a carry.

  56. “The Bills have as many SB losses as the Vikings.”

    If memory serves me correct, Denver was 0 – 4 as well before winning back to back Super Bowls.

  57. He sounds like he is talking after taking a year off. Let’s see what a acouple of seasons do to him.

  58. Once this re-structured contract is up, this dude is going to want to be paid like a top RB… but nobody will want to cough up that change on a RB with his mileage. Even if he can play well into his 30’s, he has too high of a profile for a team to want to deal with his headache. I think he still has tred on his tires, but after 30 it becomes too questionable to invest in… And AP wants someone to invest in him.

  59. I am not one that is prone to conspiracy theories but really, someone should test the drinking water in the Twin Cities area.

    First we have Spielman give a contract where the other side has no leverage, then we have Peterson boasted about 2500 yards, all the Viking fans are planning for a Superbowl parade and now Peterson is going to play till he is 37.

    What do they all have in common? Purely delusional thinking, some worse than others (Vikings winning the Superbowl) but all damaging in terms of dealing with reality.

  60. Peterson always does a bunch of yapping about how he’s going to have 2500 yards every year or do this and that. It’s about as tired and crazy as Vikings fans trying to pretend they are going to win a championship.

  61. Any NFL player is one play away from the end of a career–latest example is Jermichael Finley. They all talk like they’re invincible, until they take a helmet to the head or knee.
    But consider how smart you are when you beat a child so bad he has to go to the hospital.

  62. If every person from the South that either, “Switched kids, fought Dogs and Chickens and another Southern things” got caught it would suprise many people.
    Having lived down South in North Carolina, I know that these sorts of thing goes on to this day, as normal.
    Blacks STILL are not allowed in some club/Resturants.
    But having kids “Cut their own Switch” still happens!
    But one thing is for sure, People from down there are usually more respectful and have better manners than our Norther counterparts because of it! It isn’t a big secret. Peterson will still be playing at 35. I have no doubt.

  63. Don’t put too much stock in Adrian’s YPC average for one game. He tends to start slow when not carrying in Pre-season. Looking forward to him running through the Chiefs Oct. 18th. SKOL brother.

  64. Vikings Are Poo seriously do you not have ANYTHING BETTER to do than troll Vikings threads… You’ve posted what like 10-15 times on just ONE thread (exaggeration but not as much as you’d think)… Dude, have your mom take you out for some exercise or something… ANYTHING!

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