Adrian Peterson He may not have played in the NFL during the 2022 season, but the running back hasn’t hung up his shoes yet.
The fifth best rusher of all time in the NFL is 38 years old and only 351 yards away from tying barry sanders for fourth all-time on the list.
And he is open to another opportunity for the next season.
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«Mentally, I haven’t officially posted it,» Peterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. «We’ll see what happens. My mindset is, God willing, maybe an opportunity will present itself and maybe it will happen this season. I’ll go from there. But it’s okay this season, I’ll hang it for sure.»
Peterson last played during the 2021 NFL season, appearing in four games for the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks.
He is 3,437 yards behind emmitt smith for the most rushing yards in a career, a record Peterson says he won’t break.
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«He set a standard there,» Peterson told the Star-Telegram. «You see why he’s been there for so long. I feel like I had a great opportunity to do it. Unfortunately, I’ve experienced a few setbacks throughout my career and, you know, injuries and things like that, I just couldn’t.» get there. So I think he will stick around for a long time. And you know, maybe eventually someone will break it, but when you look and see how the NFL is going now, it might not happen.
«The way things are going in the NFL, it’s going to be hard for someone to really break a record. But I can tell you this, there’s no other person to take that place. Emmitt is a great guy. He inspired so many people, me growing up, being a [Dallas] Cowboy fan. So I have so much love for him.»
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Peterson is considered one of the greatest running backs of all time, leading the NFL in rushing three times during his 15-year career and being selected as the NFL Most Valuable Player in 2012.
He was recruited out of University of Oklahoma in 2007 for the Minnesota Vikings and spent his first 10 seasons with the organization.
Peterson went on to play for the arizona cardinalsNew Orleans Saints, Washington Commanders and Detroit Lions.