Reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson surprised the sports world with a bold and specific prediction.
The Minnesota Vikings running back predicted that he will break former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith’s all-time rushing record of 18,355 yards. Peterson, 28, went as far to naming the exact date: week 16 of the 2017 season.
“I’ve been in the league seven years,” Peterson told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I’m already right around [9,000 yards]. Calculate it out. Let’s think. Maybe get a couple 2,000-yard seasons … I’ve got … Hmmm … 2017.”
Peterson currently has 8,849 rushing yards. To break the record in his predicted time table, he would have to average 120.3 yards per game in that span.
Peterson received the league’s Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player awards last season, returning to action after tearing his ACL and MCL in his knee late in the previous season.
Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards in 2012, just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s all-time single season record of 2,105. Peterson has rushed for more than 1,000 yards in five of his six seasons as an NFL player. The only year he fell short was the season of his injury, during which he still managed to rush for 970 yards through 12 games.