Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/31/13

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during warms up against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
A season after rushing for 2,000 yards, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is setting his goals even higher. Peterson aims to rush for 2,500 yards in 2013 and believes he will break Emmitt Smith’s rushing record of 18,355 yards, by the end of the 2017 season.With the year AP had in 2012, it’s hard to argue with him, but considering at 28, the All-Pro running back isn’t even half way, and still needs 9,507 yards to break the all-time record, its quite a hefty goal.And the RB is not only saying he will break it one day, he has circled the date in 2017, estimating it will take him 79 more games to reach Smith. That works out to be an average of 120.3 yards per game for nearly a five-year span.That’s insane. That many yards per game works out to be 1,900 yards per season, which is a career year for any running back. Plus, he expects to repeat the feat five times."Whoo. That's pushing it, huh? But hey, pushing it is the only way to do it. You know it," Peterson told the newsp...
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