There are very few records in the NFL that everyone knows. However, Emmitt Smith‘s all-time rushing record of 18,355 rushing yards is one number that even the most casual football fans know. With that being said, records are meant to be broken and Smith’s spot in NFL lure might be in jeopardy sooner rather than later.
The talk last offseason was whether or not Peterson would even be able to suit up for Week 1 after tearing his ACL and now “All day” is focused on breaking one of the most prestigious records in professional sports…go figure.
Before we get ahead of ourselves: Peterson isn’t even close to breaking Smith’s record as the Minnesota Vikings‘ running back only has 8,849 rushing yards to his name. He trails only Steven Jackson in active NFL running backs, who went over the 10,000- yard mark last season — Jackson has been in the league since 2004 while Peterson was drafted in 2007.
On the heels of his first ever 2,000+ yard season, Peterson got pretty bold over the weekend while discussing Smith’s record and predicted when he would break it:
“There it is. Week 16 in 2017. Whoo. That’s pushing it, huh? “
Considering Peterson would have to average 120 yards per game for 79 games straight to make good on this prediction, t’s incredibly eager and the goal is definitely pushing it.