Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is participating in intense physical training at Houston’s O Athletik facility with trainer James Cooper, Ben Goessling of ESPN.com reports.
In Peterson’s mind, he’ll be successful longer because he works harder. Should he avoid a catastrophic injury, the typical regression of aging running backs need not apply to him. Age, in Peterson’s mind, is a variable that can be controlled.
“There’s nothing you can do about [it if] your body starts breaking down and you getting injuries and things like that,” Peterson said. “I mean, there are ways to try and prevent that, but I don’t know what [Walter] Payton did going into his last 1,000-yard season. I don’t know what Emmitt [Smith] did. All I know is that from the history I’ve seen, when it comes to athletes, I’ve [seen] so many athletes go way past what people think. That’s the mindset that I have, as well.
“It’s a mental battle that we fight. You know, look at [Floyd] Mayweather. He’s beating up on young guys, he’s taking them to class, and he’s what — 38, 39? He hasn’t lost a fight. Ever. If he was supposed to listen to people saying, ‘You can’t. You’re over the hill,’ and this, that and the other thing, then that would control what he was trying to accomplish. He would have several losses on his belt. Whatever someone says about him, you know he has that [zero] in the right place [in his win-loss record].”
The benchmark for Peterson this year, Cooper explains, is 10 40-yard dashes, with 30 seconds’ rest in between each one. The slowest of them should be no worse than 4.49 to 4.55 seconds.
“In this world we live in, people always like to just put you in this box,” Peterson says. “I guess it’s like what drives this world, you know, and it just hurts me that people take that approach, to viewing people and expectations they put on people, the limitations they put on people because of our age.
“Being 31, I’m able to see that I’m outdoing the younger guys that are fresh out of college. It’s always just confidence to inspire you to keep working hard.”
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