Adrian Peterson is a generational player which is why I love him so much.
Even as a Bears fan, I have been absolutely enamored with AP since he entered the league. And it isn’t just his famous “Adrian Peterson handshake“, which I’ve felt no less than three times.
I even wrote this missive about Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore last season, a tracker of sorts, with no real coherent point other than to pay homage to the greatest RB I’ve ever seen play in person.
In recent NFL history, the running back position has been devalued to the point that only the Canadian Football League can truly appreciate.
The modern NFL RB formula has been something like this:
Sign guy–>Beat him into ground–> Form running back by committee RBBC not to be confused w/BBC–> Devalue the position while passing the ball more than any time in history–> When contract comes due, dump him.
AP has stayed relevant and been productive though all of this, no matter how many times he’s been cast aside and flushed. Everywhere he goes, he produces.
After Derrick Henry’s serious foot injury, the Titans brought in AP for a workout, then signed him. The backfield is murky in Tennessee.
But if we’ve learned anything about Adrian Peterson, it is that you can never count him out, even at age 36.
Since leaving the Vikings in 2017 for the New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, Washington Football Team and Detroit Lions Peterson has averaged 4.0 yards per carry.
He recorded a team-high 604 yards on 156 carries (3.9 YPC) with seven touchdowns across 16 appearances for the Lions in 2020.
He has scored 21 TUDS in that time period.
If AP can rush for 450 yards this season, he will pass Barry Sanders for 4th in all-time rushing yards NFL history. He has 14,820. If he can get to 15,270, he will be the 3rd RB ever to accumulate 15k+ yards.
If he can score 5 rushing TUDS, he will tie Marcus Allen for 3rd all-time with 123.
His 124 total TDs is 13th most EVER. If he scores 3 more, he will pass Walter Payton and Jim Brown for 10th most EVER.
Adrian Peterson is a freak from outer space and I am rooting for him!