Adrian Peterson wants to be Tom Brady of running backs: ‘Different level’

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Tom Brady isn’t the only NFL star looking to play into his 40s and win championships.

Running back Adrian Peterson, who turns 36 next month, told TMZ Sports that he envisions himself being “a 40-year-old back out there rushing for 1,500 yards and amazing people still.” Peterson also reiterated his hopes of finally winning a Super Bowl and breaking Emmitt Smith’s all-time rushing record before his career is over.

“I want to set the bar at a different level,” Peterson told TMZ.

He has 14,820 career rushing yards, putting him fifth on the all-time list and 3,535 behind Smith. Peterson ran for 604 years on 156 carries for the Lions in 2020. His last season rushing for close to 1,500 yards came in 2015 at age of 30 when he ran for 1,485 on 327 carries while playing all 16 games. Peterson, an impending free agent, thinks it’s “doable” even as most NFL teams move to a two-running-back system.

“Would it be a little harder to get to that 2,000 mark if you don’t have a role like a Derrick Henry, yeah, but once you get out there and you’re balling and being productive that increases your attempts and your opportunities,” Peterson said.

As far as winning a championship goes, Peterson said last week that potentially joining the 43-year-old Brady’s Buccaneers would “definitely be something I’m interested in” and called the idea of playing with the seven-time Super Bowl champion “enticing.” Peterson played for Buccaneers coach Bruce with the Arizona Cardinals in 2017. Brady has said he is considering playing past the age of 45.

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