Minneapolis, MN (WOIO) - Adrian Peterson came within a mere eight yards of breaking Eric Dickerson's record for rushing yards in one season. The reigning MVP now takes on a new challenge, to not only top Dickerson's record, but also pursue the all-time career rushing record of Emmitt Smith.
Smith, who most recently played for the Arizona Cardinals in 2004, rushed for a career total of 18,355 yards on 4,409 carries over 15 NFL seasons. Peterson says he plans to set the single season rushing record at 2500 yards this season, and eventually break Smith's record in week 16 of the 2017 season.
The Viking running back currently has 8,849 career yards, meaning he would need to stay healthy and average 120 yards per game to reach his goal by 2017. It is a giant goal, but one Peterson says he is ready to push for.
"Whoo. That's pushing it huh? But hey, pushing it is the only way to do it."
Perhaps Peterson's greatest asset is his age. At only 28 years-old, Peterson is the all-time leader in rushing yards for 28-year-old running backs. If he keeps up the pace, the goal could become reality.
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