Adrian Peterson has established himself as one of the greatest running backs in NFL history. Peterson has put forth an illustrious career that has spanned over a decade that doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. The Washington Redskins star running back has also had a busy life off the field with him fathering multiple children more than most would expect.
Adrian Peterson’s NFL career
Through his first 13 seasons in the league, Adrian Peterson has put forth a Hall of Fame-caliber career.
Peterson has put up numerous records along the way, setting several all-time marks with the Minnesota Vikings. That has included putting forth eight seasons with at least 1,000 rushing yards that have helped guide him to fifth on the all-time rushing yard list and fourth in rushing touchdowns.
The second half of his career has seen him work through various severe injuries, including tearing his ACL that cost him an entire season. That has seen him prove to be an ageless wonder with the Redskins over the last two seasons, including posting his eighth 1,000 rushing yard campaign in 2019 and added another solid year with 898 rushing yards last season.
Adrian Peterson has six children
Adrian Peterson has put nothing short of an impressive NFL career that continues to see him showcase to be an ageless wonder as he adds to his Hall of Fame resume.
His life off the field has become quite public over the last several years. Peterson has had legal matters concerning his financial mistakes become prominent that have significantly impacted his life away from the game. Throughout his NFL career, he has also racked up quite the extended family as he has six children over the years.
There have been some notable situations arise from his personal life with his two-year-old son passing away in October 2013 due to injuries that his child suffered during an alleged assault by the boyfriend of the child’s mother. Peterson had only learned about him being his son only a couple of weeks before his tragic death.
The star running back saw his personal life back in the new again a year later as he was charged with reckless or negligent injury to a child. All that stemmed from photos of his then four-year-old son’s legs that had wounds on them. Peterson had used a tree branch to beat his son, which he voiced that was a form of punishment he received as a child. The matter led to Peterson being forced to miss all but one game in the 2014 season.
Since then, Peterson’s personal life with his children hasn’t been in the public light.
Adrian Peterson wants to play into his 40s
Adrian Peterson has continued to push forward in his NFL career with no desire to step away from the game any time soon.
He has voiced on numerous occasions that he wants to play at least four seasons to keep that rolling through into his 40s. Peterson is in the second year of his two-year, $5 million deal that will pay him roughly $2.5 million. There isn’t any clarity about whether he would remain with the team beyond the 2020 campaign as it could strictly come to his performance.
Peterson will be competing with playing time with Derrius Guice, who made his return last season playing in five games after tearing his ACL before his rookie campaign. It could all come down to what he can bring to the table at this point in his career that may see him take a similar path to what Frank Gore has over the last few years.