Adrian Peterson is going to break the single season NFL rushing record of 2,105 yards set by Eric Dickerson in 1984. Oh yeah, he is going to do it this year. Don’t believe me? Let Adrian Peterson tell you himself.
Peterson sat down with ESPN’s Bob Holtzman for their traditional Sunday Conversation. During that conversation Peterson says that he still thinks about how close he was last year and that he will “definitely” break the rushing record.
Now I am not a fan of journalists asking for predictions about an upcoming game. What are they expecting to hear? That a particular team thinks they are going to lose? Of course the players believe in themselves and their team. Even if they thought they weren’t going to win, they aren’t going to admit it to a reporter to have it displayed for all to see. This was a little different though. Peterson, unprovoked, came out and said that he was going to break the record. It sure made Bob’s job easier.
Peterson also had a refreshing take for an athlete in this PED saturated sports world that we live in. When asked about a report that a fellow player asked some of whatever “juice” that Peterson was on, Peterson was “humbled” that they would think that his talent was so great that he must have been juicing to get to where he was today. It was nice not to see an athlete get angry when the subject of PED’s was brought up.
Do I think that Peterson is going to break the single season rushing record? I don’t, but Peterson has the best shot of any to do it.