In 2012, Adrian Peterson came less than a first-down run short of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing yards record. And while Peterson surely wants to make another run at that mark in 2013, the NFL's best running back is already thinking about Emmitt Smith's career record in the same category.
Here's what Peterson said this week at training camp in a Q&A with the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Q: Forget about Eric Dickerson’s record for a minute. Last December, we talked about Emmitt Smith’s record and I told you were on pace to get there in Week 4 of 2019. You said sooner and promised to come back with a timetable. Emmitt had 18,355 yards. You’re now 9,506 away. We need a week and a year. When do you get there?
A: Man. Oh boy. I have to do some calculations. I’ve been in the league seven years. I’m already right around [9,000]. Calculate it out … Let’s think. Maybe get a couple 2,000 yard seasons … I’ve got … Hmmm … 2017.
Q: What week in 2017?
A: Man. I bette...