Adrian Peterson shares stunning prediction for what age he’ll continue to play football
Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson says he thinks he can play in the NFL until the age of 40.
The seven-time Pro Bowler, who turns 36 in March of 2021, believes his body can handle the burden of being in the NFL for a couple of more years.
Adrian Peterson, asked how long he can keep playing/keep going, smiles: "40. 40 is a good number."
— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) October 1, 2020
Thus far this season with the Lions, Adrian Peterson has racked up 209 yards on the ground on 43 carries. While he hasn’t reached the endzone yet, the future Hall of Famer continues to be a productive back despite being 35 years old and having a ton of miles on his body.
The Lions got their first win of the season in Week 3 against the Arizona Cardinals. Detroit will host the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. Peterson may have revenge on his mind for that game since his exit from New Orleans wasn’t all that pretty.
While the Lions aren’t expected to make the playoffs this season, Peterson is just having fun playing the game he loves. When the Washington Football team waived him on Sept. 4, the Lions quickly picked up the former Minnesota Vikings star on a one-year deal worth $1.05 million.
At this stage of his career, Peterson doesn’t care about stats or touches. He just wants to be happy and help the Lions grow as a football team, both on and off the field.
When his career eventually ends, Peterson will go down as one of the greatest running backs in NFL history. It’s still incredible he’s this explosive at the tail end of his career, especially when you consider he’s torn his ACL before.