Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is so confident that he can break Emmitt Smith’s NFL career rushing record in 2017, he even circled a date on the NFL calendar when he’ll accomplish the feat.
The 28-year-old Peterson, who finished just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record (2,105) last season, is eyeing to reach 2,500 yards in 2013.
In addition, Peterson said he can break Smith’s all-time rushing record of 18,355 yards in Week 16 of the 2017 season.
However, Peterson is expected to approach that mark in Week 4 of the 2019 season based on is current pace. He currently has 8,849 yards.
Based on Peterson’s estimate, he needs 79 games to rush for the 9,507 yards needed to set the all-time rushing mark, which would require him to average 120.3 yards per game in that span.
“Whoo. That’s pushing it, huh? But hey, pushing it is the only way to do it. You know it,” Peterson said.
If Peterson breaks the all-time record, he will also shatter Smith’s record for most rushing yards after a player’s 28th birthday.
Meanwhile, Peterson has laughed off gripes about the rule making it mandatory to wear knee and thigh pads this season, saying it will not slow down players during games.
“I’ll call B.S. on that,” Peterson said, adding that the pads are valuable for the protection they provide.