When an elite athlete is forced to sit out the best part of a full season you would forgive them for approaching their comeback year with both apprehension and rust. But this does not appear to be the case for Minnesota Vikings Running Back, Adrian Peterson.
After making just one appearance for the Vikings last season due to a host of off-field affairs, the 2007 first-round pick and 2012 NFL MVP is holding nothing back as he returns to the field come Week 1 against the 49ers.
A household name in his position, the University of Oklahoma representative is most known for falling just nine-yards short of the NFL all-time record for most yards rushed (2,105) inside a single game, held by Eric Dickerson. Only seven players in NFL history have rushed for over 2,000 yards within a single season. With the last person to do it being Peterson himself, it seems the bar is set even higher for 2015:
“I want to try to set the ball higher than that…I want to make it the 2,500 club” (per Vikings official).
Peterson is an incredible ball-in-hand runner and was sorely missed by Minnesota last season as they failed to reach the playoffs due to their 7-9 record. But despite his commendable optimism and determination to succeed, his target does indeed appear unrealistic.
According to Around the NFL writer Dan Hanzus, if Peterson were to reach the 2,500-yard feat by season's end, he would have to rack up just over 150 yards per game. At the battle-hardened and body-tolled age of 30 this goal inevitably becomes all the more difficult to achieve. But, nevertheless, all we can do is wish him well.