NFL MVP running Adrian Peterson is not afraid to lay out his personal goals for 2013 – “a championship and 2,500 [rushing] yards" – and he is not shy about his other personal goal.
The Minnesota Vikings franchise back said Tuesday on “The Dan Patrick Show” on NBCSports Net that the Smith mark of 18,355 yards will be his before he is finished.
“I feel like if I continue to stay healthy and be blessed to play this game for a long time, that record is something I can break and I will break,” said Peterson, who turned 28 in March and is still less than halfway to the mark (8,849). Needing more than 9,000 additional yards wasn’t daunting for Peterson, who topped 2,000 yards for the first time in 2012 in a return from major knee surgery.
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“Five, six, seven years from now,” Peterson projected.
His recovery from the torn knee ligaments that ended his 2011 season with four games to play caused some raised eyebrows and even some suspicion about whether the recovery was aided by illegal substances, given the cynical state of sports now.
“I think it’s fair,” Peterson said of PED questions. “For my name to come up, it doesn’t surprise me at all…It doesn’t bother me at all…To me it’s an honor for people to say, ‘He had to be on something.’”
Getting ready for Wrigley riding
You always wish you’d gotten in better shape for things like this – I’ll be riding for the “Media Team” and counting on some pals to carry me – but that’s really not the point of the third annual Wrigley Field Road Tour, which is raising money for World Bicycle Relief and Chicago Cubs Charities.
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It’s a 100-mile ride (not a race) led by Cubs board member Todd Ricketts and SRAM Executive Vice President F.K. Day that leaves Wrigley at 8 a.m. Sunday and will wind up with a huge party back at Wrigley Field featuring the BoDeans.