Despite turning 35 in March, veteran running back Adrian Peterson still isn’t thinking about walking away from football. Instead, Peterson is hoping he’ll still be playing when 2023 NFL season comes around.
Speaking with TMZ Sports about his future on Wednesday, Peterson said that he would like to play for “four more years” before calling it quits.
“I don’t want to ever be in a position where I look back and say, ‘Man, I should have played two more years,'” said Peterson. “‘I should have played another year.’ I want to enjoy it. I’m still chasing a championship. You know, I still can play the game at a high level. For those reasons, and having that love and passion for the game, I’m going to continue to keep the ball rolling.”
This plan might sound outrageous to some, considering that running backs usually don’t tend to have such long careers. However, Peterson has every right to believe he could pull it off, especially since he’s coming off two productive seasons in which he rushed for 1,940 yards combined.
While he says he loves the game, Adrian Peterson’s desire to prolong his NFL career probably also has a lot to do with his attempt to move up on the all-time rushing list. Peterson is currently sitting fifth with 14,216 career rushing yards and, with a couple of productive seasons, could reach Walter Payton (16,726 yards) on the second spot. Getting to No.1, however, seems like an impossible task as the all-time leader Dallas Cowboys’ legend Emmitt Smith rushed for spectacular 18,355 yards during his career.