Adrian Peterson wants to win a Super Bowl before chasing rushing records and titles.
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.