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Redskins RB Adrian Peterson says Brett Favre motivated him to keep playing

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Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson feels that former teammate Brett Favre gave him the boost needed to keep his NFL playing career going.

Peterson has seen a resurgence in production this year for the Redskins, as he’s put together one of his best seasons in years while helping Washington remain in the NFC playoff race with two games left in the regular season.

The veteran running back has rushed for 923 yards and seven touchdowns while also securing 19 receptions for 200 yards and one score.

As for who deserves some credit for the Oklahoma star still being in the league? Well, that would be Favre.

Here’s what Peterson said on a recent appearance of Favre’s SiriusXM show, courtesy of Scott Allen of The Washington Post:

“You know what it takes,” Peterson told Favre. “I had the opportunity to play with you in 2009, and still to this day, I haven’t felt wind go by my ear from any other passer. That was at 40 years old; at practice you threw the ball so hard, wind went by as the receiver was coming by to catch the ball. That season you had was just spectacular and amazing.

“Being around you, too, even motivated me more to know that I could play this game as long as I felt I could, and not allowing people to box me in. . . . You are a great example, so for me, that was something that I wanted to continue to do throughout my career. Coming in and watching you be the professional that you were at your age, the way that you practiced.”

Peterson will hope to keep his impressive play going over the final two weeks of the regular season as it would help Washington have a legitimate shot at making the postseason, despite all the injuries to key players throughout the year.

Next up for Peterson and company is a road trip to take on the Tennessee Titans on Saturday.