Adrian Peterson wants to play until at least 2023
Four more years in Washington? We’re not talking about who you think we are. In a recent interview for TMZ, Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson was asked how long he expects to keep playing. The 35 year old’s answer? Four more years.
“I don’t want to ever be in a position where I look back and say, ‘Man, I should have played two more years, I should of played another year.’ I want to enjoy it. I’m still chasing a championship. You know, I can still play the game at a high level.”
Adrian Peterson’s best years are clearly behind him. The 2012 NFL MVP has seen his rushing numbers dip in recent years, and understandably so with age and mileage.
But the fact that he’s still around and playing is still impressive in of itself, even though it’s for a rebuilding Redskins squad.
In league that’s opting for younger, cheaper running back options, AP is an outlier for the sport.
Adrian Peterson is also closing in on Emmitt Smith’s seemingly untouchable all-time rushing record. If Peterson does end up playing for 4 more years, and injury luck leads the way to playing every game he may have an outside shot.
Peterson has 14,216 career rushing yards, 4,139 behind Emmitt Smith for the all-time record. And so Peterson needs to average 1,035 yards per year to catch Emmitt.
Peterson rushed for 1,042 yards in 16 games in 2018 and 898 yards in 15 games last season. Catch 22 isn’t going to be sweating AP just yet, but you never know. Four years is a long time.