Adrian Peterson: Passing Emmitt Smith on all-time rushing list still a goal

AP

If all goes well for Adrian Peterson in his Washington debut on Sunday, he will likely pass Jim Brown for 10th place on the NFL’s career rushing yards list. 

Peterson is 37 yards away from Brown and he said during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio that it is a “blessing” to have the opportunity to do that after being unemployed for most of the offseason. Now that he has a chance to play in 2018, Peterson is shutting the door on climbing even higher up the all-time list.

Peterson is 6,079 yards away from Emmitt Smith’s all-time record of 18,355 rushing yards and said that he still thinks of passing Smith as a goal.

“Who knows? I’ve seen crazier things happen,” Peterson said. “In my mind, that’s a goal I’d still like to reach. I know it would take a heckuva feat to do that especially how the NFL treats older backs. God willing, I’m able to continue to change that view and have opportunities to come out and play.”

It’s not a particularly realistic thought that a 33-year-old back who has played one full season since 2013 is going to put up those kinds of numbers, but as long as Peterson holds onto a job he’s free to use even unrealistic goals as motivation.

22 responses to “Adrian Peterson: Passing Emmitt Smith on all-time rushing list still a goal

  1. A.P., there is no chance that you will even come close to the great Emmitt, you were lucky that a bad team like the Skins are giving you a chance but their o-line is not very good so you will have a lot of negative carries.

  2. Give him a break. When asked the question, what is he supposed to say? That his goal is to get a yard or two per carry? If stupid questions aren’t asked, it at least minimizes the chance of getting a stupid answer.

  3. AP probably won’t reach Smith but it’s hard to doubt him. He proves everyone wrong time after time. He’s one of the most freakish athletes the world has ever seen. His workouts would kill a mere mortal.

  4. That’s one of many things makes Emmitt Smith possibly the greatest football player ever…He has every accolade you could think of…and he has the 2 most untouchable records in all of football and possibly any team sport…truly legendary how tough he was…!

  5. I actually think he stands a good chance of slotting in behind Bettis on the list, yardage-wise, in the end. And if you’d have asked me to call it years ago, I wouldn’t have called that. Gruden’s offense, I’m not an X and O guy, but does it not seem to get even average backs, provided they stay healthy, a modest share of yards? And older, slower, he’s still not average.

  6. rho1953
    Sep 6, 2018, 6:10 PM EDT
    Give him a break. When asked the question, what is he supposed to say? That his goal is to get a yard or two per carry? If stupid questions aren’t asked, it at least minimizes the chance of getting a stupid answer.

    How about something along the lines of “Personal goals are always great but football is a team sport and I just want help my team win. Right now I’m just focused on doing my job and helping this team make it to the playoffs and eventually win a Super Bowl”.

  7. A better goal is to be a man who doesn’t beat his children with tree branches.

    As a former 47 year fan of the Redskins, I want this guy to fail and to fail miserably – I loathe his very presence on this team. Hopefully neither he nor Alex Smith will finish the season – and for a bonus, I’d like D.J. Swearinger and Josh Norman to go on IR as well with them.

  8. If Adrian has played on th 90’s Cowboys, he would already have 20,000. Smith is a top 20 back at best.

  9. Someone said Redskins line isn’t good, well before the historic amount of injuries whereas they had to sign someone on Saturday to play sunday, the Redskins OL was ranked 7th overall. That goes to show you that alot of commenters say whatever instead of truth.
    Then the guy who said he’s focused on himself, SMH shows alot of ignorance for this game.players set many goals, some team oriented some personal. It’s designed to motivate themselves. Different players use different methods. Using that guys method of thinking, Tom Brady (as he mentioned) is self centered too, I mean who deflated footballs (or had someone do it ) and cost himself games. Ultimate “me” player.
    Now I don’t believe he is for a second, but using that guys thinking that’s what you come up with.

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