The Minnesota Vikings enter this 2014 season with a new coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new franchise quarterback, and a new venue for their home games.
There are changes everywhere in Minnesota, but one thing remains the same: Adrian Peterson will line up at running back once again, and once again he will try to be the most dominant force in the NFL.
Anytime the man known as “All Day” or “AP” is asked about his goals for a particular season or for his career, he is never shy about how lofty his aspirations truly are. He will say things like that he wants to rush for 2,500 yards in a season, something that sounds really crazy from most people but only kind of crazy from him.
Entering 2014, Peterson has that same mindset as far as his goals and preparation. He told Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune as much:
“I work with the mind-set of being the best ever,” he said. “That, and my approach, set me apart. I have it in my mind that I’m doing things that nobody else is doing. You’re not just saying you’re going to be the best ever, you’re putting in the work to accomplish that.”
Peterson has already done quite a bit to put his name among the all-time greats, including an astounding MVP season in 2012 in which he posted 2,097 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. He followed that up with a “down” season in 2013, rushing for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns.
With a clean slate, an intriguing offensive system with Norv Turner in charge, and his usual work ethic and determination, it looks like Peterson is poised for another big season.