Adrian Peterson is quite possibly the most incredible pure athlete that I’ve ever seen. His ability to dominate in the NFL, even after the age of 30, can’t really be put into words. While there’s no questioning that Peterson has plenty left in the tank, apparently he’s planning on playing for many, many more years as well.
In an interview between Peterson and Peter King of MMQB, here’s what King broke down from the conversation:
At 31, he’s trying to stave off what time does to all running backs. Peterson said: “I honestly think I can do this, and do it at a high level, until I’m 40.” That would be historic, obviously. And highly unlikely. But just in case, consider that Peterson starts this season 6,681 yards behind Emmitt Smith for the all-time rushing record. That’s five years averaging 1,337 yards per season from passing Smith. He’d have to have a run of unprecedented health to even have a prayer.
Yeah, I mean King pretty much nailed this one. Nine more years of people trying to destroy you on a football field. Seeing any player (aside from maybe a quarterback) play close to the age of 40 is amazing, yet alone a player who gets hit as much as a running back does.
For this to happen, well, it would basically have to be a miracle. Good luck though, Adrian, we all would love to see it happen.