Today has been quite an active day for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, taking over the headlines in today’s sporting world. He made a bold prediction for the remainder of his career, creating even loftier goals for the best running back in the NFL to reach. As if that wasn’t enough, he called out his colleagues who oppose the pad mandate and insulted the man who beat him in the 2004 Heisman Trophy race. Adrian Peterson has been all over the headlines today.
Adrian Peterson came up within a first down of Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record last season, just one year removed from a devastating knee injury just a year before. His remarkable success so soon after injury proved that he was still the cream of the running back crop, so how could AP raise the bar even higher for himself heading into this season?
In an interview with Dan Weiderer Peterson picked an exact week that he will break former Dallas Cowboy Emmit Smith’s career rushing record of 18,355 yards.
Q: You’re now 9,506 away. We need a week and a year. When do you get there?
A: Man. Oh boy. I have to do some calculations. I’ve been in the league seven years. I’m already right around [9,000]. Calculate it out … Let’s think. Maybe get a couple 2,000 yard seasons … I’ve got … Hmmm … 2017.
Q: What week in 2017?
A: Man. I better go late. I’m already getting too far in front of myself. I’ll say Week 16. There it is. Week 16 in 2017. Whoo. That’s pushing it, huh? But hey, pushing it is the only way to do it. You know it.
Incredible confidence from Adrian Peterson. In order to accomplish that task he is giving himself credit for several more 2,000 yard seasons. No one has sustained that level of play before in the NFL, yet if anyone today has the ability to do so it would be Peterson. He will have to average 120 yards rushing per game for the next four years if he wants to meet his goal. He’s right, that is pushing it.
Adrian Peterson made his second headline of the day by insulting Houston Texans backup quarterback Matt Leinart in an interview with the Minneapolis StarTribune. Although probably trying to be nice, he rubs in the shortcomings of Leinart’s NFL career when discussing the Heisman Trophy award of 2004. He had previously been on record as saying he was “robbed” of the trophy, yet took a different approach when asked about it today.
“I look at that [Heisman] trophy now and knowing that Matt Leinart has it, with how his career went, I would rather him have it. At least he has something positive to look back on and say, ‘I won the Heisman.’ I feel good that he has it. Even though I know it should have been mine.”
Not exactly the nicest way he could have phrased things. He even uses the past tense when talking about Leinart’s NFL career despite the fact that he is still on a roster and young enough to make a comeback should he get another opportunity.
The final headline that Adrian Peterson made today was for his support of the NFL’s new policy mandating the use of thigh and knee pads. Many players have spoken out against the policy, however AP called “BS” on their reasons for doing so in an interview with Fox Sports.
“I’ll call BS on that. It’s like, ‘You’re a National Football League player. If a pad that doesn’t weigh but a couple of ounces slows you down, you don’t need to be playing in this league.’ Like, come on now. Seriously… Guys like to be pretty, not wear the thigh pads and knee pads, but it protects you. There have been plenty of times I got hit in my knee and when I had my pants pulled up too high and that pad wasn’t there to protect it. It didn’t feel good. So I make sure I keep my pads pulled down and covering my knee just to be able to protect my body.”
An active day for Adrian Peterson, making three headlines and gaining the focus of the football world. He managed to insult one player, call “BS” on what many of his colleagues have argued this off-season, and made perhaps the boldest prediction of his career. Not bad for a Tuesday.
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