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Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson wants to qualify for the Olympics


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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) rushes against the Houston Texans during the third quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Vikings won 23-6. (Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)

Did you think a man as goal-oriented as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was just going to stop at 2,000 single-season rushing yards?

C’mon man, heck no.

Like the Energizer Bunny, this genetic freak of nature has literally defied modern medicine in recovering from a torn ACL to not only play the entire season, but dominate like very few have before him — regardless of the sport of choice.

And therein lies the key to Peterson’s desire to not only be known as one of the greatest football players of all time, but simply one of the world’s greatest athletes to ever live. How does one prove his or her abilities on the world stage?

It’s pretty simple: You best the world’s best in the Olympic Games, where the greatest athletes of all-time are collected once every four years to assert their dominance on the international stage.

Peterson sat down with Yahoo! Sports’ Graham Bensinger, and in the interview the former Oklahoma Sooners star revealed his intentions of competing on the world stage.

“I told myself that I want to try out for the Olympics, for the 200 and 400 (meter races),” Peterson said. “That’s a goal of mine that I want to accomplish. Unfortunately, I hurt my knee, but now that I’m back and refreshed, I think I’m going to give it a shot still.”

Peterson’s father, Nelson, played shooting guard at Idaho State and his mother, Bonita Brown, was a sprinter and a long jumper at the University of Houston. He is the nephew of Ivory Lee Brown, a former NFL running back. As a high schooler, Peterson ran a wind-assisted 10.33-second 100-meter dash.

Thus, the athletic pedigree is there (if you even needed that after watching “All Day” Peterson take the football field at all in 2012).

It’s too bad he could not make a run at the 2012 Games, but the 2016 edition is approaching sooner than everyone thinks. If Peterson has proven anything in his remarkable comeback and ascendancy into the ranks of the truly dominant, it is that he will be ready.

Bring on Bolt, baby.

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