Adrian Peterson Is Admirable, But Overvalues NFL’s All-Time Rushing Record
If you are a fan of the NFL then chances are you have had Adrian Peterson on at least one of your fantasy football teams. The Minnesota Vikings‘ running back is clearly the best pure runner in the game, but this surefire Hall of Famer needs to be careful about one thing — his health.
This may sound strange considering Peterson has only missed eight games in seven years, but it’s blatantly clear that this running back has one master goal and it’s not a Lombardi Trophy. Instead, Peterson has his eyes fixated on the NFL ‘s all-time rushing record currently held by Emmitt Smith. The Dallas Cowboys legend has been atop the record books for nearly a decade after finishing his career with 18,533 yards on the ground. Right now, Peterson stands firm at 10,070 career rush yards.
You see: if Peterson wasn’t so gun-ho about eclipsing Smith’s historic mark then the Vikings’ running back wouldn’t be suiting up against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday. With a 4-9-1 record, Minnesota is only playing meaningless games, which means No. 28 should be on the sidelines with a winter cap on his head instead of a helmet. But, Peterson can smell the rushing record and is going to stop at nothing to have his name etched in the record books.
Kudos to Peterson for such determination, but the running back will soon learn that his health far outweighs the rushing record.