Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Sets Extremely High Goal to Break Emmitt Smith's Rushing Record in 2017

By Dan Parzych

If there’s anything to take away from the 2012 NFL season, it would be Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings is an absolute freak at running back and will most likely go down as one of the greatest of all time. Less than one year after suffering a torn ACL, Peterson not only returned in time to suit up for Week 1 of the 2012 season, but he made history after rushing for 2,097 yards.

While Peterson already set the bar high for himself heading into next season by hoping to rush for 2,500 yards, it appears the star running back has another goal as well he would like to achieve for the long run–which is breaking Emmitt Smith‘s all-time rushing record.

Even though he’s still far away from breaking that milestone (9,507 rushing yards to be exact), Peterson has set a goal of breaking Smith’s record by Week 16 of the 2017 season–which is more than four years away. It’s one thing to set a goal for yourself during the upcoming season, but this type of goal by Peterson when it’s still four years away is a bit extreme.

Still, it’s hard not to admire Peterson’s attitude towards the situation as he’s never been afraid to set expectations high. If any running back is capable of setting high goals to break an all-time record and come through doing so–it would be Peterson.

Just think how dangerous he was last season and it’s safe to say Peterson should be in for another monster season in 2013.

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