What fuels the former Minnesota Vikings running back to continue playing?
Since he was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2007 NFL Draft, Adrian Peterson has evolved into one of the best running backs to even play in the league.
Currently a member of the Washington Football Team, Peterson is preparing to enter his 14th season in the NFL. Despite being in the league for almost a decade and a half, the former Vikings running back doesn’t have plans to call it a career anytime soon.
In fact, Peterson still has a number of goals he would like to accomplish before he eventually does retire from the NFL. Whether or not he can add to his extensive list of career accolades remains to be seen.
What goal is at the top of the list for the former Minnesota Vikings running back?
On Friday, Peterson appeared on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” and he was asked if breaking the league’s all-time career rushing record is something he would like to accomplish before his career comes to a close.
"“That’s not really my ultimate goal, it’s one of my top goals. Winning a championship is the one that I’m chasing the most.”"
Peterson went on to say that even though the rushing record isn’t at the very top of his list of goals, it’s still something he set for himself prior to entering the NFL.
During his 14 years in the league, the former Minnesota running back has rushed for a total of 14,216 yards. Peterson’s total is currently the fifth-most in NFL history and he needs 4,140 more rushing yards to pass Emmitt Smith and break the all-time record.
The former Vikings running back said earlier this offseason that he would like to play for another four years. If this ended up happening, Peterson would need to average 1,035 rushing yards during each season in order to break Smith’s record.
Doubting the former Minnesota running back has never been a good decision in the past, so it wouldn’t be a tremendous shock if he actually did end his career as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher.
As for his goal of winning a championship, that probably won’t be happening with his current team. Washington was one of the worst teams in the league last year and most don’t believe their upcoming season will turn out much different.
To win a Super Bowl, Peterson would be better off joining a team with a more established and talented quarterback like the Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, or even the Vikings.
After the upcoming season, Peterson will be a free agent and he’ll have the opportunity to sign with any team who offers him a contract. First things first though, he will have to continue being productive in 2020 if he wants to get more chances to win a championship.