In 2018, Washington Redskins’ running back Adrian Peterson proved the doubters wrong by rushing for 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns at the age of 33. Now, at 34, he aims for an even more impressive season in 2019, setting a goal to rush for 2,000 yards.
“If God’s willing, I can duplicate that and do it even better,” – Peterson told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero on Tuesday. “I got my mark set at 2,000 (yards), I’ve always had it at that mark since I stepped into the league. So that’s where it’s at. But most importantly, I just want to contribute to the team and help this team win a championship.”
History is definitely against Peterson when it comes to his goal to rush for 2,000 yards as no NFL player aged 34 or more even came close to that. The closest one so far was another Redskins’ great John Riggins, who rushed for 1,347 yards in 1983.
Adrian Peterson added that his career goals didn’t change over the years, despite all the challenges he faced.
“No adjustments at all,”- he explained. “In order to accomplish great things, you have to set your bar high, so that’s what I’ve always done with my career and it has allowed me to be successful for going on 13 years.”
After an impressive showing last season, Redskins decided to give Peterson a two-year, $8 million contract which will keep him in Washington through 2020.