Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson believes that he can play into his 40s, but isn’t sure he’ll play for more than five seasons, he told Peter King of Sports Illustrated.
Peterson’s statement did not have to do with his play on the field, but rather his ability to go through training camp each summer.
“I can, but will I? Honestly, I don’t think I will,” Peterson said about playing until 40. “Mentally, I don’t know. Once I get to 38, I don’t think I’ll have the same love of the game. Sometimes I get tired of training camp. I think I can endure five more [camps], but after that, I don’t know.”
Peterson, 31, has played nine NFL seasons since being taken by the Vikings with the No. 7 pick in the 2007 draft. Over his career, he has rushed for 11,675 yards and 97 touchdowns.
Peterson has been named to the Pro Bowl seven times and won the NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2012.