Adrian Peterson plans to break Emmitt Smith’s record by 2017
Last season, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson came within 9 yards of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record of 2,105 yards. Since then, Peterson has discussed the possibilities that he will break Dickerson’s record in the future. With the 2013 season only a few weeks away, Peterson is looking forward to the 2017 season.
According to Peterson, by 2017 he plans to break Emmitt Smith’s career rushing record of 18,335 yards.
“I have to do some calculations,” Peterson told Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. ”I’ve been in the league seven years. I’m already right around [9,000]. Calculate it out. . . . Let’s think. Maybe get a couple 2,000 yard seasons. . . . I’ve got . . . hmmm . . . 2017.”
Wiederer did the calculations and in order to break Smith’s record of 18,335 yards, Peterson would have to average more than 120 yards per game.
If Peterson can stay healthy, at age 28, he has plenty of time left to gain the 9,506 yards needed to break the record.
At age 35, Emmitt Smith was still healthy enough to attempt 267 carries.
If Peterson can play until he is 35 years old, that will give him eight seasons to gain the 9,506 yards.
If any current player can break Smith’s record, it is definitely Adrian Peterson