Adrian Peterson predicts he’ll break Emmitt Smith’s rushing record by 2017

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson does not see his star fading anytime soon – nor does he foresee himself slowing down. If you had just cracked the 2,000-yard barrier in a single season, only months after suffering a torn ACL, you would be feeling pretty confident too.

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But confident enough to predict that you will set the all-time rushing yardage record? Even going so far as to predict what year you will top Emmitt Smith’s 18,355 yards in?

Dan Wiederer of the Star-Tribune asked the superstar ball carrier to do exactly that.

D.W. > Forget about Eric Dickerson’s record for a minute. Last December, we talked about Emmitt Smith’s record and I told you you were on pace to get there in Week 4 of 2019. You said sooner and promised to come back with a timetable. Emmitt had 18,355 yards. You’re now 9,506 away. We need a week and a year. When do you get there?

A.P. > 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.

D.W. > What week in 2017?

A.P. >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.

That’s bold, but that’s the way Peterson operates.

As far as those calculations go, no worries, All Day A-Pete, Wiederer has got you covered on that front as well.

That gives Peterson 79 games to amass the 9,506 yards he needs to reach Smith. That comes out to a per-game average of 120.3 yards per contest with the assumption that Peterson avoids injury and doesn’t miss a game between now and Week 16 of 2017.

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