Adrian Peterson has compiled an incredible NFL career that will land him in the Hall of Fame. Peterson dominated the league for years behind his stellar performance that has cemented him as one of the greatest running backs in league history. However, there is one NFL record that he failed to break that still bothers him.
Adrian Peterson’s illustrious NFL career
Adrian Peterson entered the NFL surrounded by plenty of hype, which he quickly proved to be the real deal.
Peterson became one of the league’s best running backs behind his dominant production, resulting in a 14-year NFL career that he hopes to extend. He currently sits fifth all-time with 14,820 rushing yards and fourth with 118 rushing touchdowns.
Peterson has earned numerous accolades throughout his career, such as an NFL MVP award, Offensive Player of the Year award, four First-Team All-Pro nods, three Second-Team All-Pro selections, and seven Pro Bowl nods. He also led the league in rushing three times while holding the all-time mark with 296 rushing yards in a single game.
His name is in the record books in various other marks, such as most 60-plus yard touchdowns (13) and tied with OJ Simpson for most 200-yard rushing games (six). Peterson has accomplished it all at an individual level that will land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.
However, he remains angry about not breaking one illustrious NFL record.
Adrian Peterson remains angry about failing to break a prestigious NFL record
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Adrian Peterson experienced his best statistical season in 2012, reaching historic heights only eight months after tearing his ACL and MCL.
Peterson dominated the campaign with 2,097 rushing yards on a career-high 6.0 yards per carry, along with 12 rushing touchdowns. All that earned him the MVP awards and the Offensive Player of the Year award. It was a season that saw him fall just nine yards short of surpassing Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (2,105) for the all-time single-season rushing mark.
During a recent interview with Shannon Sharpe on Club Shay Shay, Peterson voiced that it still bothers him to this day.
“Everything I had to go through to get to that moment,” Peterson said. “A record that had stood for so long. I was right there, after an ACL, and wasn’t able to get it.”
Although it’s a mark that he fell just short of breaking, Peterson holds plenty of reason to be proud of his performance in 2012. He did manage to set the all-time single-season rushing mark in Vikings’ history.
He also holds the NFL record over an eight-game span with 1,322 rushing yards and joined Hall of Famer Earl Campbell as the second player with 150 or more rushing yards seven times in a single season. It was an incredible campaign that just didn’t get capped off with placing himself atop the list in one unique regard.
Remains hopeful to play for a Super Bowl contender
Adrian Peterson’s days of being the workhorse running back may be long behind him, but he remains headstrong on continuing his NFL career.
Peterson has voiced on several occasions that he wants to play until he’s 40 years old and hopes to break Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith’s all-time rushing yard record. With all that in mind, the 36-year-old recently voiced during an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio that he wants to join a Super Bowl contending team.
“I’m looking for a contender,” Peterson said. “I’m looking for a team that’s built to go and chase a championship. That’s my ultimate goal and I feel like I can really help to contribute in accomplishing that. A team with a good quarterback, a good defense and some playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. For me to be able to get into that type of situation would be perfect.”
Peterson certainly sounds like he’s describing possibly wanting to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He fits the billing of a strong backfield option, but that scenario may be gone after the Buccaneers signed Giovanni Bernard to a deal.
Nonetheless, Peterson has shown that he has enough tread on the tires to be an effective running game option. In his lone season with the Detroit Lions in 2020, Peterson piled up 604 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns while playing every game.
It may all come down to him simply getting the right opportunity he wants at this point of his NFL career.