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Redskins’ Adrian Peterson passes Jerome Bettis, LaDainian Tomlinson for 6th on all-time rushing list

Adrian Peterson, Jerome Bettis, LaDanian Tomlinson, Redskins

The Washington Redskins’ matchup with the Minnesota Vikings provided a homecoming for running back Adrian Peterson. It is only fitting that he managed to make history in front of a familiar crowd.

Peterson has managed to join some elite company after passing Hall of Famers Jerome Bettis and LaDainian Tomlinson on the NFL’s all-time rushing list, via Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com:

The Washington Redskins running back passed Tomlinson (13,684 yards) with a 29-yard run in the third quarter; Peterson passed Bettis earlier in the evening. He entered the game with 13,625 rushing yards on his career.

Washington has not enjoyed very much success on offense. Regardless, Peterson has served as the lone bright spot for this group with over five yards per carry. It is safe to say that he was determined to put on a show in front of his former home crowd.

LaDainian Tomlinson and Jerome Bettis could appreciate that reality.

The bulk of Peterson’s rushing yards came during his illustrious tenure with the Vikings. He has managed to keep it going with the Redskins following brief stops with the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals. Despite being in the final stretch of his career, he proved he still had plenty left in the tank after rushing for over 1,000 yards during the 2018 campaign.

Although Washington is in the midst of an abysmal start to the 2019 NFL season, Adrian Peterson still has a chance to continue etching his name in the record books. The 34-year-old is within striking distance of Hall of Famer Curtis Martin’s mark of 14,101 rushing yards. After that, he and Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore will be the only active players in the top-5 on the NFL’s all-time rushing list.