Adrian Peterson still hopes to play in 2022

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Adrian Peterson has played 15 seasons, and he’s 37 years old. He’s played as many years as Emmitt Smith and is almost two years older than when Smith called it quits.

Peterson isn’t ready to give it up, though the game might be ready to end it for him.

The running back didn’t get his first chance in 2021 until the Titans signed him to their practice squad Nov. 1, and he finished the season on the Seahawks’ practice squad injured reserve list. He had 42 touches in 72 snaps with those two teams last season.

Peterson will fight Le’Veon Bell on July 30 at Arena, but unlike Bell, Peterson wants to leave the door open to playing football in 2022.

“This is something that I definitely can see myself doing going forward as well, just depending on how things kind of play out for me,” Peterson said Tuesday during a promotional event for the fight. “But since I’ve started, this is something that I’ll continue to do. I’ll continue to stay in the ring, continue to practice, get my skills right because it’s a different ball game when you step in that square. Fortunately for me, I have some great guys around me that are experienced. My gym in Houston, we have a ring in there. We have a lot of guys sparring all the time, and I’ve had the opportunity in the past to get in there with those guys a couple times and here recently, obviously, getting ready for the fight. I just been kind of grinding, so I might see this continue to do something going forward.

“So, even after this fight, I will still be on my same routine, waiting for that next opportunity to present itself.”

Peterson ranks fifth all time in rushing yards with 14,918, 3,437 behind all-time leading rusher Smith.

17 responses to “Adrian Peterson still hopes to play in 2022

  1. the article doesn’t mention it, but he is in a lot of debt without a lot of future opportunities

  2. I’d sign Morten Anderson over the soon to be Prisoner #4536789 Peterson

  3. Wow. They are clown show “boxing?” Did they not save any money? Young players, pay attention–you could become a circus sideshow before 40 if you’re not careful.

  4. unknownvikingfan says:

    July 12, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    We need him as our lead RB in Minnesota.


    Not a chance replacing Dalvin Cook. And what would be the point?

    I don’t think he could even beat out Mattison for #2. AP was a legendary RB in his day, but there’s a reason why RBs tend to retire before their early 30s.

  5. I thought dude retired years ago. There’s always a cling on somewhere that you totally forget about their career. Everyone will make a big deal for the next five years after he officially calls it quits about how he’s a first ballot hall of famer. Everyone will love him. Me, I totally forgot about him entirely.

  6. Not sure why people take shots at Peterson. he is definitely better than some of the second string backs on NFL rosters. If Nadal can win a five set gran slam at his age, no reason why Peterson couldn’t be effective in 10 snaps of football.

  7. It does look as if his football days are over. He was one of the best ever.

  8. I hope he doesn’t turn into one of those sad former superstar that lost it all stories.

  9. It’s a shame AD wasted his prime years playing for the Vikings without even getting a chance to win a Super Bowl. Right Viking fans?

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