Arguably the best running back in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has made a bold prediction for himself: that he will break the all-time rushing record in week 16 of the 2017 season. He is 9,506 yards behind Emmit Smith’s record of 18,355. Peterson said in an interview with Star Tribune:
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….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.
Though the statement may be bold, it is very doable given Peterson’s track record, but at the same time, given Peterson’s injury record, there could be a few obstacles along the way. Regardless, knowing Peterson has this goal in mind will make his seasons leading up to 2017 all the more exciting, and assuring that the workhouse back is ready to rock.