Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is hoping to continue his NFL career next season, but he still remains a free agent.
If Adrian Peterson never plays in the NFL, his final game will have coincidentally come against the Minnesota Vikings.
Peterson was a member of the Detroit Lions team last season that lost to the Vikings in Week 17. Despite being 36-years-old, the former Minnesota running back is hoping that last year’s season finale wasn’t his final appearance in the league.
As training camps around the NFL are about to start at the end of the month, Peterson is still without a team for the 2021 campaign. Whether it’s up to him or not though, his time in the league might already be over.
Former Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson still wants to play in 2021
With the Detroit Lions last season, Peterson appeared in all 16 games, but he only got his hands on the football 168 times. Easily the lowest amount of touches he’s finished with during a year in which he played in all 16 regular-season matchups.
Even without a place to call home for the upcoming 2021 campaign yet, the former Vikings running back is still training like he’s going to suit up for another season.
Peterson recently spoke with NFL insider Aaron Wilson and the future Hall of Famer gave an update on how things have been going for him this offseason.
“The training is going well and I’m going to control the things that I can control right now, and, when that time comes, somebody will give me a call.
That’s all I’m asking for. My body feels good. I came out healthy from last season. My body feels strong. I still feel young. I still feel good. I’m ready to play ball.”
Since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970, only 13 running backs in league history have suited up for a season at the age of 36 or older. Frank Gore and Darren Sproles are two of the most recent running backs to play in the NFL at the age of 36.
Peterson sounds like he’s ready to become the 14th player on this list. Will anyone in the league give the former Minnesota running back a shot to continue his career next season?