2013 didn’t go the way Adrian Peterson or the Minnesota Vikings planned it would. After winning 10 games in 2012 and making the playoffs, last season’s 5-10-1 record was incredibly disappointing. After rushing for over 2,000 yards in 2012, Peterson’s 1,266 yards in 2013 were disappointing. When you’re the best RB in football the bar is that high.
But even though he fell well short of his 2,500-yard goal, AP is still on pace to reach his ultimate goal — the all-time rushing record.
Many former players have endorsed him on his journey to the top, and now arguably the greatest RB ever has joined the list.
Check out what Jim Brown recently told the Pioneer Press:
“If he wants that and he dedicates himself and he has good fortune, that’s a great possibility. I think if he sets his goals and he understands his circumstances and he knows what it takes, that he can be successful. I’m not saying that he will break the record, I’m just saying it’s a possibility…He’s a great football player. He’s always been a real fine gentleman and a great worker. His running style and the effort he puts in is unbelievable. I have the greatest respect for him.”
The math breakdown is pretty simple. AP needs to average about 1,400 yards over the next six seasons to break Emmitt Smith‘s all-time mark (18,355).
Peterson currently ranks 27th (10,115) and has the second most yards of any active player (Steven Jackson-10,678).
It’s possible that Peterson will pass Jackson this season and end up close to O.J. Simpson, who’s currently in 18th place with 11,236 career rushing yards.