EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Talk with Adrian Peterson, and his supreme confidence and goal-oriented work ethic comes across as immediately as his smile. Despite doubters saying he couldn't come all the way back from major knee surgery this season, Peterson never doubted himself.
Now, in the midst of the best year of his NFL career, the Minnesota Vikings' star running back believes he can reach a major milestone in his "comeback" season: 2,000 rushing yards maybe more.
How about the all-time league record of 2,105 set by Eric Dickerson in 1984?
"That sounds good, too," Peterson said Thursday. "(2,500) even better."
Only six players in NFL history have reached 2,000 rushing yards in a season. Peterson's career high came in his second year in 2008, when he finished with 1,760 yards, the 22nd-highest single-season total in league history. Through 12 games, he's already at 1,446.
Peterson hasn't merely returned from Dec. 30 surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee. He's come ...