go to MSN.com
Found December 30, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:

Via Larry Brown Sports:

Being the top running back in the NFL isn’t enough forAdrian Peterson. The Minnesota Vikings’ all-time leading rusher says he aspires to one day compete in the Olympics as a sprinter.

During an interview with Graham Bensinger on “In Depth,” Peterson revealed his goal to compete in the 2016 Olympics. In fact, All Day says he wanted to run in the 2012 Olympics, but his knee injury derailed those plans.

“Before I tore my ACL, I was going to go to a couple of track meets and run unattached and just see where I was at, get some meets under my belt or whatnot, but unfortunately, I hurt my knee. Now that I’m back and refreshed, I think I’m going to give it a shot still,” Peterson told Bensinger.

“I told myself, hey, I want to try out for the Olympics for the 200 and the 400. That’s something that – that’s a goal of mine that I want to accomplish.”

Peterson says he ran track in high school and had success despite not having very good instruction from coaches. He wonders how he would stack up in the right environment. He’s not even intimidated by the thought of competing against Usain Bolt, who is the world record holder in the 100 and 200-meters.

“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.”

After watching him burst through holes and outrun opposing players throughout his career, I have to say that I would be intrigued to see how Peterson would do as a sprinter. His dreams are not too far-fetched; Patriots running back Jeff Demps was a silver medalist on the US’ 4 x 100 meter relay team at the London Games. Peterson might not be the fastest player in the league, but one thing we have learned — especially after this season — is that we should never underestimate him.

1 Comment:
  • Peterson is the current holder of the "Best Running Back" in the NFL. Usain Bolt is the world's fastest man. There is no substitue for speed. If Usain Bolt would try to be a football player, with only speed as his skill, he would fail. Peterson living in a fantasy, he can't out run the defense, he is fast, but defensive backs catch him from behind. So he is really out classed trying to claim to be the World's Fastest Human" He is not even a contender. Stick with what you do well and improve on it.
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Adrian Peterson breaks 2,000, falls short of record

As we look at the top-50 single season rushing totals, anyone who anticipated Adrian Peterson would rush for over 2,000 yards in his comeback year would have been called crazy. In his 16th game of the 2011 season, he felt three pops in his left knee. X-rays told the story of torn medial collateral ligaments along with torn anterior cruciate ligaments, but A.P. wouldn’t wait and...

Adrian Peterson to Eric Dickerson: ‘I’m coming for you’

Adrian Peterson is happy that his incredible performance on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers helped the Minnesota Vikings clinch a playoff spot. He may not hold the NFL record for most rushing yards in a single season, but his team will still be playing in January. In the grand scheme of things, that’s all that matters. However, Peterson wouldn’t be human if it didn’t sting...

Peterson didn't get record, but earned MVP

MINNEAPOLIS -- The man who ought to be the NFL's Most Valuable Player was still on the field, doing a postgame interview. The Minnesota Vikings' much-maligned owner was whooping it up as he scampered out of the locker room, ebullient that his team had won 10 games, seven more than last season. Players were singing and clapping about being the league's most surprising...

Adrian Peterson didn't realize how close he was to breaking record

It might have been the excitement of making the playoffs but  — after falling just nine yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record of 2,105 yards — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson seemed genuinely flabbergasted that he had come so close to breaking the 28-year-old record. While being interviewed post-game by Fox's Pam Oliver — after...

Adrian Peterson comes up 9 yards short of Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record

On December 30th, 2011, Adrian Peterson was having surgery to repair a ruptured ACL and torn MCL in his left knee. On December 30th, 2012, Peterson and the Vikings were facing off against the Green Bay Packers trying to secure a playoff spot and Peterson 208 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record [...]

Adrian Peterson – Olympic Athlete?

  Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is just over 200 yards shy of the all-time single season rushing record, but it seems he has a new goal in mind already – Olympic athlete. Peterson says he is going to start running track in an attempt to qualify for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. “I feel like I can stand up to any challenge,” Peterson said. “I...

Record-seekers vs. Packers

Adrian Peterson didn’t set the NFL’s single-season rushing record, but there were plenty of other marks he broke in NFL and Vikings history. So did Blair Walsh and Christian Ponder.

Chicago Bears’ Twitter feed updates followers on Packers-Vikings game

Away from a television and need play-by-play on the Packers-Vikings game? One place to find it right now is the Chicago Bears Twitter feed, The Bears are depending on the Packers to win the game (thus, a Vikings loss) to pave their way into the NFC Playoffs for the second time in three years. Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson continues to chase Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record...

Ten Observations from Week 17 in the NFL

1. Adrian Peterson is this year’s MVP. It wouldn’t be a travesty if Peyton Manning were to claim this year’s MVP award. It wouldn’t be a crime, an injustice, or a mockery for the NFL. Having said that, Adrian Peterson is so clearly this year’s most valuable player that it’s almost not even worth discussing. The Vikings went 3-13 last year and owned the third overall pick...

One and done; Green Bay Packers

Recent playoff games in Lambeau have not been kind to Packers fans…next weekend will be no different.   My predictions are ALWAYS wrong, so…Packer fans…enjoy the very real possibility that what I am about to write will be dead wrong…because it usually is. That being said, the POSSIBILITY that I may be wrong is really the only hope the Packers have of not being embarrassed...

Passing game a welcome addition for Vikings

Sunday's 37-34 win against the Green Bay Packers perhaps wasn't the most dominating win of the season for the Minnesota Vikings, but it certainly was the biggest. Beating NFC North champion Green Bay was Minnesota's most important victory since the 2009 season. A 37-34 win, thanks to a time-expiring 29-yard field goal by rookie kicker Blair Walsh doesn't qualify...

Season finale: Packers vs. Vikings preview

In week 17, the NFL regular season finale, the NFC North Division Champion Green Bay Packers travel across the Mississippi River to take on the Minnesota Vikings in the Humpty Dump. At stake for the Packers is nailing down the number two seed in the NFC playoffs and a first round bye. For the ViQueens, a win means -- in all likelihood -- getting the sixth seed in the playoffs. Do...

NFL Record Chase Live: Adrian Peterson Chases Eric Dickerson, J.J. Watt and Aldon Smith in Reach of Sacks Record

8 a.m. ET: It all comes down to this. While many NFL teams are shoring up for the playoffs, another pursuit awaits for those chasing individual accolades. For some of the NFL’s best players, just 60 minutes remain to break records after a long season of work. In a year that has seen all kinds of benchmarks fall, a couple of the big ones remain. The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson needs...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Report: Jazz to match Hornets' offer sheet to Gordon Hayward

In the land of the obvious, the Utah Jazz will reportedly match the $63 million offer sheet Gordon Hayward received from the Charlotte Hornets earlier this month.  Jazz will match Gordon Hayward's $63M sheet, but wouldn't be a surprise to see them take full 3 days to notify Hornets, sources tell Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 10, 2014 It has long been...
Via Sportsnaut
6 hours ago

Does Papelbon want to be traded to contender?

The hot news out of Milwaukee isn’t the fact that the Phillies took three straight from the team that entered their series with the best record in the National League. No, it is the fact that Jonathan Papelbon has reportedly stated his desire to play for a team in contention before the end of the month. His quotes and post game actions are captured here by Ryan Lawrence: After...
Via Phillies Nation
10 hours ago

Mark Cuban had Parsons sign offer sheet where???

I don’t think you could dream up a more appropriate way for Chandler Parsons to sign his $45 million offer sheet from the Dallas Mavericks, than to have Mark Cuban be with you while hanging out in a nightclub. Parsons, the third-year forward for the Houston Rockets, has suddenly been thrust into the spotlight of Houston’s off season, as general manager Daryl Morey attempts to...
Via Next Impulse Sports
8 hours ago

Report: Bosh will sign with Rockets if LeBron leaves Heat

All eyes on LeBron James. It appears Chris Bosh is another free agent whose future hinges on James' decision to stay or not to stay in Miami. Reports have surfaced that James could be leaning towards a Cleveland Cavalier homecoming, and if that is the case, then Bosh will sign with the Houston Rockets.Image by Keith Allison, via Wikimedia CommonsAccording to CBSSports.com...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
11 hours ago

Raptors re-sign Greivis Vasquez

The Toronto Raptors are spending a lot of time and money on point guards this summer. After re-signing Kyle Lowry, the Raptors have now made a move to bring back their backup point guard as well. Greivis Vasquez, who was brought over in a trade from Sacramento last season, has agreed to a two year deal. Restricted free agent guard Greivis Vasquez has reached an agreement to re-sign...
Via Pass The Pill
11 hours ago

Daniel Bryan dealing with another injury?

It looks like more bad news for Daniel Bryan. The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion has been sidelined since early May with a neck injury that required surgery.  The hope was that he would not be out of action for more than a few months but instead his recovery has gone much slower than anticipated. Now, he is reportedly dealing with another injury that will further delay his...
Via Between The Ropes
12 hours ago

Ohio amusement park offers to name ride after LeBron

Just a few years after Ohio’s prodigal son LeBron James left his home state for the chance to win NBA titles in Miami, there now seems to be a great chance that the former Cleveland Cavalier returns to his first team. Ohio amusement park Cedar Point, which is famous for its thrilling roller coasters, is doing its part to up the ante, promising LeBron a “King James” coaster...
Via College Spun
19 hours ago

Pitino on Chris Jones: As good a guard as I've coached

Rick Pitino has coached some pretty good guards during his nearly 40-year career in college basketball.  Recently at Louisville, there was Russ Smith, the two-time All-American, and Peyton Siva, the point guard who led the Cardinals to a national championship in 2013. He had a host of talented players at Kentucky, too, the school with which he won it all in 1998.  A player currently...
Via College Spun
22 hours ago

Former NBAer uses 'Patrick Ewing' alias, gets arrested

Former Chicago Bulls player and assistant coach Rick Brunson had a clever trick up his sleeve in order to get an appointment with a masseuse he’d been banned from seeing. Records show that the 42-year-old Brunson had booked 19 appointments – seven of which were with the accusing party — at Lifetime Fitness in Vernon Hills (Ill.) from December 2011 through August 2013. After...
Via Next Impulse Sports
18 hours ago

Nets set to pay record luxury tax bill for 2013-14 season

The Brooklyn Nets and owner Mikhail Prokhorov have never been shy about spending money, but this is a little crazy. On Wednesday the NBA released its audit of teams ahead of the start of the new fiscal year (which starts at midnight) and the Nets will pay a ridiculous, record luxury bill. According to Brian Windhorst, the Nets owe $90.57 million in luxury taxes for the 2013-14 season...
Via Rumors and Rants
15 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.