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Adrian Peterson ambitiously wants to pass Emmitt Smith’s rushing record

Next month, veteran running back Adrian Peterson of the Detroit Lions will turn 36 years old with his 15th season in the NFL around the corner.

Although he isn’t the dominant player of old, the seven-time All-Pro still desires to play even in a limited role. Peterson also has ambitious goals in the twilight of his NFL career. He told TMZ Sports that he wants to keep playing the game and putting up big numbers at an advanced age.


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“I want to live to be a 40-year-old back out there rushing for 1,500 yards and amazing people still,” Adrian Peterson tells us.

Along with wanting to do what no player at his position has been able to do at his age, Peterson is still aiming to break Emmitt Smith’s rushing record of 18,355 yards. The veteran back is only 3,535 yards away from Smith, meaning it isn’t beyond the realm of possibility.

“I’m going to keep playing, trying to chase the championship,” Peterson says, “and, God’s willing, within the process of doing that, I’m able to catch Emmitt and pass him.”


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The real concern for Peterson moving forward is whether teams are willing to keep signing him and if his body can hold up to get 3,500+ rushing yards. Peterson has played for five teams in his career thus far and could move on to another one next season if unable to return to the Lions.

If Peterson can get on a team willing to give him the carries and play a few more seasons, he’ll definitely be in contention to match or pass Smith.

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