On Sunday, Adrian Peterson joined some pretty fantastic company. After a 211-yard outing versus the hapless Chicago Bears‘ defense, Peterson etched himself into the NFL record books by surpassing the 10,oo0 rush yards mark for his career. Therefore, after seven years of play Peterson has over 10,000 rush yards to his name and becomes just the fifth NFL player to do so in seven years or less — the other four being Barry Sanders, Eric Dickerson, Ladanian Tomlinson and Emmitt Smith.
On top of that, Peterson accomplished this feat after playing just 101 games. By comparison, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher — Emmitt Smith — didn’t eclipse the illustrious 10,000 mark until his 106th game. With that being said, does a 27-year-old Peterson have a shot at Smith’s record of 18.355 rush yards? Yes.
Not only does Peterson play in a virtually run-only offense, the hard-nosed running back has also proven that he’s only getting better with age. For instance, Peterson recorded a career-high 2,097 rush yards last season despite opening the season just nine months removed from a torn ACL.
Age clearly hasn’t played a factor in Peterson’s quest for the top rushing spot and I have serious doubts that it will. Therefore, it’s time to sit back and enjoy “Purple Jesus” as he makes his move toward one of the NFL’s most prestigious records.