FRISCO - Adrian Peterson is still running, still chasing, still wanting to catch and overcome Emmitt Smith.
“I’m going to keep playing, trying to chase the championship,'' Peterson said this week. "And, God willing, within the process of doing that, I’m able to catch Emmitt and pass him.”
AD is about to be a 36-year-old running back, and that is an accomplishment enough. He remains a physical freak of nature, a durable player who rebounds in an unusually fast way from injury. Does that add up to Peterson, presently fifth on the all-time rushing list, with 14,820 yards, catching the NFL’s all-time rushing king Smith who has 18,355 rushing yards?
In an interview this week with TMZ, the Texas native who was with the Detroit Lions but is a free agent now, said he wants to play another four years in his quest to pile up yards.
Peterson - who totaled just 604 yards last year in Detroit - needs another 3,536 to pass Smith. And of course he needs a team to do it with.
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“I want to live to be a 40-year-old back out there rushing for 1,500 yards and amazing people still,” the seven-time Pro Bowler said.
The “1,500 yards” seems unrealistic; it was a full decade ago when he did that, as a member of the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, when he won the NFL's MVP award.
Really, averaging almost 900 yards per season for the next four years seems unrealistic as well.
But for the future Hall-of-Famer, it's a carrot on a stick ... and for NFL fans, it's interesting to watch.