Adrian Peterson is currently on his way to one of the most remarkable comeback seasons in NFL history, and it just so happens he’s on the verge of having one of the best seasons by a running back ever in the history of the game. But while he chases Eric Dickerson’s single season record a little over a year since tearing his knee to shreds, Peterson isn’t going to stop with just the record.
The man’s not even stopping at football, as Peterson has come out and stated he hopes to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio as a member of the Track and Field team.
Peterson acknowledges that people may laugh at the idea of him competing with the likes of Usain Bolt and others who are built for the track and field arena, but he says that after coming back from a destructive knee injury to have the season he’s having, anything is possible to him.
“I feel like I can stand up to any challenge,” Peterson said. “I know a lot of people laugh and be like ‘come on, let’s be real with yourself.’ It’s Usain Bolt, but I feel like you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.”
Should Peterson qualify for the Olympics, he wouldn’t be alone. Peterson would join the likes of Hall of Famer Bob Hayes, former Raiders receiver James Jett and former Panthers return specialist Michael Bates as players who both represented their country in the Olympics and played in the NFL.
However, Hayes, Jett and Bates all competed in the Olympics before their NFL careers with Jett and Bates competing in the same Olympic Games back in 1992. Peterson would become the first NFL player to win a Gold Medal during his offseason, which is nothing short of remarkable. But after what we’ve seen Peterson do on a surgically reconstructed knee this season, seeing him win a medal in Rio wouldn’t be at all surprising.