Adrian Peterson considering future in coaching after playing career is over

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Adrian Peterson said on Monday that he has started to think about the possibility of becoming a coach somewhere in the future after some recent conversations with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

But even if Peterson is willing to entertain that idea eventually, Peterson still wants to keep playing himself right now.

“I just can’t fathom my career ending the way that it did,” said Peterson, who appeared in just one game for Seattle before a back injury ended his season.. “So with that, I’m going into the offseason with the mindset to continue to play. I still have love for the game. I feel I can compete at a high level still and with an offseason under my belt, with the mindset — because I’m stronger than I was last year, mentally — with the mindset that I would go into this offseason with, I feel like I’ll be able to do some incredible things, getting healthy and just kind of grinding this offseason with a different mentality. So as of today, I definitely look forward to playing again.”

Peterson had 11 carries for 16 yards and a touchdown in his lone game in Seattle against the San Francisco 49ers. He was signed due to a roster pinch with Chris Carson out of the season, Alex Collins dealing with an abdominal injury and COVID-19, and Rashaad Penny just getting back from a hamstring injury.

But it was Peterson’s impact on Penny that ahead of his breakout end to the season that sparked the idea of Peterson as a coach.

Penny gave credit to Peterson for helping him refine his approach and mindset. He then rushed for over 130 yards in four of the final five games of the season for Seattle with six touchdowns and a career-high 190 yards against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

“It was just a blessing to see,” Peterson said of Penny. “It really hit me after about two weeks. Like, ‘you probably won’t be able to get back out there.’ It was just refreshing to know that you made an impact in a different way.”

That effect on Penny and his investment in a team that he played in just one game for helped lead Carroll to ask Peterson about whether it’s something he wants to do eventually.

“The funny thing is I never really envisioned myself coaching. Not on this level or the college level. Maybe like my son’s little league team or something,” Peterson said. “But after talking to Coach Pete, it’s something I’ve kind of been thinking about. I talked to my wife as well and she was like, ‘Adrian, you are just a different person when you’re around football and it shows. So it’s something you really should think about and consider.’ So for the first time I’ve actually thought about it and considered going in that direction if and when I’m done playing football. So we’ll see where the chips fall.”

But that will come after Peterson’s playing career is officially over. And at least for now, Peterson is hoping that next chance is still out there.

12 responses to “Adrian Peterson considering future in coaching after playing career is over

  1. Love the lifelong passion. We should all be so fortunate to have that level of passion for anything in this ephemeral ride we call “life”.

    I think AD would make a great coach.

  2. So hard for these guys to know when to call it quits and so easy for me on the coach to tell him when. He’s done. He doesn’t know it yet but I’ve changed my stance on guys like this to think good for them, they love what they do for work and if someone is willing to lay them several hundred thousand if not millions to continue doing what you love why wouldn’t you?

    Many will remember Peterson the player as someone who hung around too long in the immediate future, but as time passes no one will remember/care about that, instead recalling his stellar career.

  3. This is nothibg new! Peterson has been that way for years! I saw him coaching the RBs and the offensive line when he was in Washington!

    He should retire so that he can get into the HOF and move to coaching. I thihk he’ll be a great one. He’s a natural teacher and motivator!

  4. I think he would make a good coach, but really, how do you teach someone how to run the football? Either you got it or you don’t.

  5. Penny looked like he was going to be off the roster, then definitely ran himself back on it.

    If Peterson played a part in that, Seattle might want to keep him around too.

  6. He will be great at teaching other RB’s the passing game… especially how to catch and pass block. Also, he will be great at teaching RB’s the only formation he is good at which is 7 yards off the line with a FB.

  7. xxsweepthelegxx says:
    Many will remember Peterson the player as someone who hung around too long in the immediate future, but as time passes no one will remember/care about that, instead recalling his stellar career.

    I would respectfuly disagree.
    Johnny Unitas started his career in 1956 and retired in 1974 as one of the best QBs I ever saw play. Nearly a half-century later I will never forget the painful memories of him stumbling around as a shadow of his former self long after he should have retired.
    I have similar thoughts about guys like Franco Harris, Sonny Jurgenson, Carl Eller, Joe Namath, and even Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice to name only a few. I will always remember their greatness, but I can’t shake vivid memories of each trying to recapture past glories long after they’d lost the ability to even be average.
    “Stellar career?” Adrian Peterson was a physical specimen who ran for a great many yards and will rightfully land in the Hall of Fame, likely on the first ballot. But great as he was he never played in a championship game, had more than a few critical fumbles that directly cost his teams playoff losses, and wasn’t much of a blocker or pass catcher. Now I will always remember him bouncing from team to team as a shadow of his former self, continually talking about setting records he never had any realistic chance of surpassing.
    True, I will always remember and focus on Peterson at his very best. But I will never forget the past few seasons, and for me personally it does tarnish the legacy a little.

  8. Ok, I’m an idiot I admit an someone explain why this is in the lions feed is he mentioned coming as RB coach to us or is this a tech glitch? On the actual article he seems like he might be able to pass on what he did so well and try to reach it. So many with athletic excellence have trouble explaining what they do they just do it. Some team should certainly hire him on a 2 year low risk each have an option out deal and see if he acclimated well to a headset not pads. Passion helps and he has buckets of it

  9. If you look at the top fifty all time fumblers for running backs Adrian Peterson is not on this list. The idea that “fumbles” are a critical part of his career is just plain wrong

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