Adrian Peterson thinks the Minnesota Vikings can win the Super Bowl in 2016 after finishing 11–5 in 2015, he told Peter King of the MMQB.
“We are going to have a good chance to win it this year—win everything,” Peterson told King. “Sit back and watch. Sit back and watch. You can be like, ‘I thought you guys were at least a couple of years away.’ Nope. You sit back and watch, this year.”
Peterson finished last year with 327 carries for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Vikings lost a heartbreaker in their wild-card game as kicker Blair Walsh missed a potential game-winning, 27-yard field goal.
Peterson has shifted his focus from setting records to winning a Super Bowl. He enters the 2016 campaign 6,681 yards behind Emmitt Smith for the all-time rushing record.
“I don’t spend too much time thinking about it,” Peterson said. “But it’s a seed planted in my brain, and it’s sticking there. Everything in me is championship, championship and then breaking records. It’s a part of me. I am pushing myself to the max to win a Super Bowl, and then to break Emmitt’s record and Eric Dickerson’s [single-season rushing] record. It is my everyday life, what I think of every day. Mostly it’s that Super Bowl. Then the whole world will remember you.”
The Vikings won the 1969 NFL Championship before the 1970 AFL–NFL merger.