There are some things I can truly appreciate in life and one of them is honesty, especially in sports. Sports can be a world where we get rhetoric and half truths because people are worried about giving away too much or insulting the opponent.
Luckily former NFL great Eric Dickerson no longer has to worry about facing any opponents so he can speak freely, which led him to tell Mike Freeman of CBS that he doesn’t want Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to break his single season rushing record of 2,105 yards. Dickerson’s record has stood since 1984 when he played for the Los Angeles Rams and if he had it his way, it would stand forever.
“I don’t want him to break it,” Dickerson said. “I’ll be honest. I don’t want to see it. If anyone ever broke it, and if my son played football, I’d want my son to break it. But that’s it. No one else. Again, he’s a phenomenal player, and seems like a good dude. If a player was to break it, I’d probably want it to be Adrian, but I like having the record. I don’t think it’s going to be broken.”
I was growing up when Dickerson was doing most of his damage and I do remember him being really good. I don’t know if I can think of anybody who ran with the fluidity that Dickerson did.
I’m not a Vikings fan but I think Adrian Peterson is just as much fun to watch and although he’s not currently not on pace to break Dickerson’s record he’s been unbelievable this year. I’m on record as saying that Adrian Peterson should be the NFL MVP and I haven’t strayed from that belief.
Peterson said recently that Eric Dickerson should be nervous about his record and it sure sounds as though he is. I have no problem with Dickerson saying he doesn’t want his record broken, just like I have no problem watching Peterson trying to break it.
Give both guys credit for being honest, it’s always refreshing.
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