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During an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Adrian Peterson said he wants to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics (Credit: AP Photo)
Coming off of an ACL injury from last year, Adrian Peterson has been one of the most impressive stories of the 2012 NFL season. If it was not for Peyton Manning coming back, there would be no question about who is the come back player of the year and the MVP.
Peterson’s season has not only been impressive for someone coming off of an ACL injury, but has also been one of the best seasons by a running back in the history of the NFL. This season, Peterson has rushed for 1,898 yards and 11 touchdowns. Peterson needs just 208 yards this Sunday against the Packers, to tie Eric Dickerson for the single-season rushing record. While 208 yards sounds like a lot, last time Peterson played the Packers, he had 210 yards.
While breaking Dickerson’s record would be impressive, Peterson wants to conquer even more in the future.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, in an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Peterson said he wants to attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in track. He hopes to join the likes of Bob Hayes, James Jett and Michael Bates as people able to play in the NFL and earn an Olympic medal.
Peterson said he wanted to try to qualify for the Olympics before his injury last season. Adding he would like to try to qualify for the 200 and 400 meter events.
“That’s a goal of mine that I want to accomplish,” Peterson said. “…Now that I’m back and refreshed, I think I’m going to give it a shot still.”
Peterson even feels he can take on Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who holds the world records in the 100- and 200-meter races.
“I feel like I can stand up to any challenge,” Peterson said. “I know a lot of people laugh and be like ‘come on, let’s be real with yourself.’ It’s Usain Bolt, but I feel like you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.”
It sure would be interesting to see Peterson in the Olympics. He would be 31 years old by the time of the 2016 Rio Olympics. In comparison, Bolt will be 30 when he runs in Rio.
If this season has taught me anything it is, never ever doubt Adrian Peterson. He has shut up any of the doubters this season and has proven that is one of the best running backs in the NFL.
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