(John Biever/SI)
(John Biever/SI)

‘Every Record Means Something’

Reigning MVP Adrian Peterson has Eric Dickerson in his sights for this season—and beyond that, he’s coming for Emmitt Smith

1. I think 2,500 rushing yards is a goal. I’ll always try to push myself. I think it’s realistic, and it can happen without a team just focusing on the run. You just have to maximize your opportunities every Sunday—don’t let any week go to waste. But it’s a team goal, not just my goal.

2. I think the one thing I’ll always remember from the field last year happened in Detroit, early in the season. One of the linebackers came up to me—I don’t want to say who it was—and he said, “Adrian, what are you taking? What juice you using? I gotta get me some of that.” I said, “I’m juicing on the blood of Jesus. Faith is what got me to to this point.” So the Lions came to Minnesota later in the season. That same linebacker came to me and said: “I appreciate you saying that. You opened my eyes.” That was pretty cool.

3. I think what was missed late last season, with people focusing so much on me breaking the record—and I wanted to break it too, of course—was what was the most important thing for me: That’s coming back and playing better than ever. Coming back and playing football at a high level after what I went through with my surgery—that’s the real accomplishment of 2012.

4. I think I’d by lying if I said I didn’t want the all-time record for rushing in a season. I do. I will break it eventually. I’ll be able to get that, without a problem.

5. I think, to be honest with you, I was confident the voters would get the MVP vote right. Peyton Manning’s a great player, but coming back from the injury and doing what I did, I think I earned it.

6. I think, though I haven’t been asked by him, my advice to Robert Griffin III coming back from his knee surgery would be: “Be smart. Go out, play, don’t think about it, be strong.”

7. I think Emmitt Smith’s records means something to me. [Peterson, 28, has 8,849 rushing yards. He is 9,507 yards shy of breaking Smith’s all-time mark.] Every record means something. I’m not too focused on it, but as a running back, of course that’s something you want to achieve. It’s something, if God’s willing, being around a great group of guys like this, I can capture that.

8. I think my favorite meal is nothing really fancy. It would be grilled salmon, seasoned corn, asparagus and Jiffy Cornbread.

9. I think, when I’m retired, I want to lay back and make money while I sleep. If I want to get involved, I can do that. But I want to set up a business that becomes a fine-tuned machine that can make money while I relax.

10. I think the joy of football, to me, is to be able to do something I love while . . . When I think about it, it’s a way for me to vent while doing something I love. That’s hard to describe, but while I’m running, everything comes out. It’s great to be able to do something I love, that I’m passionate about, that makes me the person that I am. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to do the thing you love as your work.

73 comments
Hello1813
Hello1813

Adrian Peterson is a beast.   However, I doubt he will come close to Emmitt's record.   Mainly because RB's decline pretty fast once they become 30.   He is less than halfway there and only has a few really prime years left. 

theMMQB
theMMQB moderator

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SC76
SC76

The rules for offense have changed so much that AP will be allowed to break the records. Only something like 2 penalties result in loss of down anymore vs. so many penalties on defense resulting in an automatic first down. The evolution of rules in this game has watered down the existing records and will continue to do so even after AP is gone.

John64
John64

A.P. is awesome. Already one of the greatest RBs of all-time. He may not break Dickerson's or Emmitt's records, but if anyone can do it, he can. If he stays healthy, look the f.uck out.

Aguilas
Aguilas

Juice is Jesus, ROTFL  HGH and everything else you can get out of your system in less than 12 hours.  NFL players are not the best football players in the country....just the biggest cheaters playing football in the country.

TOMcat
TOMcat

I'm a Vikings fan; however I find the screen name and attitude of JustinBeiberIsA*** to be highly offensive and an embarrassment to all Vikings fans. 

oxfordhuntsville
oxfordhuntsville

Peterson is only man on Earth who could break record, bar none. Unless he gets hurt, I believe everything he says, and that he'll do it.

0xfece5
0xfece5

JustinBeiber: Let me just paraphrase every post you make:

fag cancer die lol troll troll


I think we've got it now, thanks.  You seem like a real badass.

Or maybe you're just a 13-year-old d-bag trying to sound cool.  It's really hard to tell.

JustinBeiberIsAFag
JustinBeiberIsAFag

fordmike is nothing but a depressed lions fan. have fun going 4-12 or 5-11 this season.

JustinBeiberIsAFag
JustinBeiberIsAFag

viking haters like ford mike deserve the worst form of leukemia. in fact, it would be cool if he were diagnosed with stage 4 cancer today and died the next day.

HeavyHair
HeavyHair

Vikings suck. That is a fact.

KristianColasacco
KristianColasacco

It's a little disappointing hearing Peterson talk lately.  He seems to be a lot more focused on individual stats and honors than he is on the team winning.  

riley8
riley8

They really need to stop letting this guy talk.  Run the football and shut your mouth moron.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

It's one thing to have personal goals in a season (tackles, yardage, All-Pro), it's quite another to set certain sights on such lofty attainment as Dickerson's mark and believe it will not detract somewhat from the team effort.  Couching it in terms like, "it's team goal, not just my goal" doesn't sell it any better.

One key to Minnesota's offense in '13, and to dethrone Green Bay in the North, is Christian Ponder's maturation in ability to matriculate with regularity and score often in the red zone.  Vikes have tremendous talent at some key positions on both sides but their nemesis to the East can only smile in hope that Leslie Frazier's offense might remain one-dimensional and geared largely towards getting Adrian Peterson the ball while their own guys take another division crown.

Jim Brown may've been last RB to carry his team to NFL title ('64?).  Other record-setting (seeking?) greats have all fallen noticably short (Dickerson / Simpson / Lewis).  Keep your eyes on the prize, Adrian, that NFL championship.  The rest is gravy.


JustinBeiberIsAFag
JustinBeiberIsAFag

you adrian peterson haters deserve fu.cuking cancer. same goes with vikings haters as well.

therednorth1
therednorth1

Adrian Peterson is the greatest active running back.  There is no debate.  He's established himself as such with his great six season career.  He's only missed seven games in his entire career.

...in that six season career, he's only rushed for 8849 yards.  Basically, he'd need to continue to have the career of the best running back in the NFL through his age 28 through 35 seasons, without sustaining any serious injuries that eat into playing time, in order to break it; or else perhaps continue as an effective running back into his 40s.

Good luck, Adrian.  You'll need it.

JimKirkwood1
JimKirkwood1

I think he could do it with the QB and O Line that Smith had, but not with Ponder letting the defenses stack the line.

thomasoverley
thomasoverley

He just does not realize he has all about 2-3 years left and his time is done ala Shawn Alexander, or LT and suddenly their careers are over when they get over that 30 mark

PaulSharpe
PaulSharpe

He has EXACTLY ZERO chance at either...   Emmitt broke record due to great QB / WR combo....  In Minn, Ponder is a joke & D's will stack the box...  AP not gonna even get 1600 yards this year...

Ason
Ason

To average 138 yds/wk is entirely possible if you're AD. some people are just built differant.. emmitt played pro for what 15 yrs and took 10's of thousands of hits during his life...and the man was still nimble enough to win dancing with the stars.he isnt limping around like say earl cambell or some other ex-nfl'ers. Just built differant.AD is special, I can still remember the 1st time I saw him run at OK, I knew that guy was differant. could'nt believe he there were SIX dudes chosen in front of him in the draft. HOW?

jason2
jason2

i didnt know jesus cared about rushing records or gave out blood for football players to drink

OraPike
OraPike

love the food he is on---Jesus.

P R
P R

He's a great running back, but he will never catch up to Emmitt Smith

DavidCrosby1
DavidCrosby1

If anyone has the right to talk about themselves it's AP. He's not egotistical he backs up every single thing he says. He's always been a team first type of player so why can't he be proud of the things he's done so far I mean hell he's the greatest running back currently playing and pushing for the greatest ever title. As a muscular guy when I wear a beater it's "why are you showing off" vs a non muscular guy wearing one no one says anything. Haters gonna hate I guess. AP keep running hard and go for the goals you want and let the haters hate but most importantly keep running for the Vikings cuz you're all we got.

Felcus
Felcus

@SC76 Penalty's don't add yards to stats. If he has a 3 yard run and there's a 10 yard penalty added on, it's not considered a 13 yard run. If anything is watered down it's passing and receiving stats. I would argue that it's becoming more difficult for RB's with new rules like  "using the crown of your helmet".

Felcus
Felcus

@Aguilas Cool story bro. Any sources? Any reasonable suspicion? Must be a fan of another NFC North team.

Marchoir
Marchoir

@oxfordhuntsville Let me put this in perspective. Cy Young has 511 career wins. Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia both have 200 wins. You could say they are the ONLY men on Earth who could break the record.  However, that doesn't make it any more likely to happen. You see, Roy and CC aren't even halfway there yet. The same for Adrian Peterson. He is less than half way to Emmitt Smith's mark. Think about that for a moment. Emmitt Smith's mark, like Cy Young's will never be surpassed, under the current and accepted format of NFL football. Someday they might change to all out flag football, or seven on seven. But in the current format of tackle football, it ain't happening.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@riley8 Adrian Peterson should not be talking but you should?   Good one.   He's always been a talker and it seems to be working out okay.

DoubleDuece22
DoubleDuece22

@KeysSteven since you are clueless Emmitt Smithwas the first to be the rushing champ, league MVP & Super Bowl MVP all in the same year & later Terrell Davis accomplished that feat. Sadly Jim Brown quit  & never played in a Sb & only played in 4 post season games & did nothing in his other 3 games & where has AP carried the Vikes?

ROFLQUEST
ROFLQUEST

@jason2 Hermes is all about rushing records.  Zeus is more a win/loss guy in the mold of Lombardi.  Ares just wants to watch people get the crap knocked out of them.  Jesus, I heard he's claiming to be misquoted on the whole "son of god" thing.

tundey
tundey

@jason2 If yours doesn't, perhaps *you* are worshiping the wrong Jesus.

DoubleDuece22
DoubleDuece22

@DavidCrosby1 How about he says he wants to bring a Lombardi to Minnesota on the way to breaking rushing records, might sound better!

Aguilas
Aguilas

@Felcus @Aguilas Wrong.  Do you live under a rock?  I played college football, cheating starts in High School   Wake up dude.

DoubleDuece22
DoubleDuece22

@KeysSteven BTW, AP has only played in 4 playoff games & only hit 100 yards once! Plus, we know he has no rings.

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