Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be 32 by the time the 2017 NFL season comes calling. He’s played in a grand total of 20 games since the end of the 2013 season. The future Hall of Famer is also coming off a serious knee injury that cost him all but three games this past season.
This has all led to speculation that Peterson has played his final game with the Vikings. If that’s the case, the expectation has to be that he’ll play somewhere else in 2017 and into the future.
Though, Peterson himself seems to think he has even more tread left on those tires.
Adrian Peterson thinks he could have seven years left
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) January 2, 2017
Okay, let’s pause for a second to conclude exactly what Peterson is indicating here. He might be one of the top running backs in the history of the NFL. But playing up until his 40th birthday would be about the most absurd thing we’ve seen from an NFL player.
In general, running backs tend to hit the wall in their early 30s. It’s something we have seen from some of the greatest players at this position, the likes of Emmitt Smith and LaDainian Tomlinson included.
It’s nice to see that Peterson has confidence in himself being able to produce at a high level moving forward. Though, this is a pretty ridiculous goal for him, especially considering the injuries he’s suffered through during his career.