How far the Washington professional football team goes this NFL season could depend on how much Adrian Peterson has left in his tank.
Peterson contends and there is evidence to support his claim that hes not close to empty, even at the advanced age of 35, by NFL running back standards.
In fact, the former Oklahoma All-American has a shotalbeit a long shot at Emmitt Smiths career mark of 18,355 yards.
Following a preseason training session in Ashburn in Northern Virginia, Peterson told NFL Network writer Patrik Walker, I want to pass the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).
Washington opens at home Sunday, Sept. 13, with a 1 p.m. kickoff against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Peterson ranks with the greatest to ever wear shoulder pads. There is no expiration date on APs back and no whispers of retirement.
Why not four more years? he said regarding his gridiron longevity. Who knows? Depends on how my body holds up.
In his last two seasons with Washington, Peterson has rushed for 1,940 yards with a 4.3 per-carry average. Thats not too far off his career norm of 4.7.
If Peterson plays four more years, he would need to aver- age 1,035 yards per season to catch Smith. In three more seasons, he would need 1,380 yards per season.
More realistically, he has a solid shot at passing Walter Payton (16,726 yards) as the all-time runner-up to Smith.
Quarterbacks and kickers tend to have the longest NFL careers. Running backs take a brutal beating and generally retire in their late 20s.
The durable Peterson also is challenging Marcus Allen as the NFLs oldest career running back in the modern era. Allen was 37 when he retired from the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997.
Native American Jim Thorpe played until age 40 in the early 1900s.
Peterson ran for 2,097 yards in 2012, earning MVP honors. He also holds the NFL record for most rushing yards in a game, 296, as a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings in 2007 against San Diego.
Petersons attempt to catch Smith will depend largely on Washingtons hoped-for improvement under first-year Coach Ron Rivera.
In Coach Jay Grudens farewell season in 2019, Washington went 3-13, which is not conducive to high rushing totals. When teams are trailing throughout games, the ground attack is generally abandoned in favor of an aerial attack.
In his 14th season, Peterson is the clear No. 1 running option for Washington now that highly touted, but oft-injured Derrius Guice has been released because of off-field alleged offenses. That leaves Bryce Love and Antonio Gibson as the other candidates for carries.
Love, 23, is a former Stanford University standout who missed most of last season with a knee injury. Gibson, 22, is a promising rookie out of Memphis.
In addition to his rushing yards, Peterson is fourth on NFLs all-time list for rushing touchdowns with 111. He trails only Emmitt Smith (164), LaDainian Tomlinson (145) and Marcus Allen (123).
Its not all about individual accolades, however, for the veteran superstar. Something missing from his Hall of Fame career is an appearance in the Super Bowl.
Winning a championship is the one I want most, Peterson said.
The Washington team won Super Bowls in 1982, 1987 and 1991. The D.C. franchise last made the playoffs in 2015.
Emmitt Smith (1990-2004) 18,355
Walter Payton (1975-1987) 16,726
Frank Gore (2005-2019) 15,347
Barry Sanders (1989-1998) 15,269
Adrian Peterson (2007-present) 14,216
Curtis Martin (1995-2005) 14,101
LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-2011) 13,684
Jerome Bettis (1993-2005) 13,662
Eric Dickerson (1983-1993) 13,259
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