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Peterson’s Goal – Break Emmitt Smith’s Rushing Record

Adrian Peterson

In addition to winning a Super Bowl ring, Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson dreams of breaking Emmitt Smith’s all-time rushing record and to do so he will need to play well into his 30’s according to Dan Pompeii of Sports on Earth.

So how does the 29-year-old Peterson plan to stay in the game long past the usual primetime for running backs?

“Taking care of your body. Making sure your body is battle proof and able to withstand the punishment a running back goes though. It’s doing the small things — ice tub, cold tub, massages, making sure you help your body rejuvenate.”

But Peterson says taking care of your body also involves avoiding unnecessary hits on the field. “There comes a point in time when you know the extra yard really doesn’t matter if you already have the first down, and you know you aren’t going to get it,” he said.

“Or I’m sprinting to the sideline and two guys are chasing me with an angle. I know I’m not going to get the corner on them. Earlier in my career, I would have dug in and have that contact for two extra yards, but now it depends on the situation.

“If I’m trying to get the first down, I’m dipping my shoulder and going for it. First down accomplished, I can step out.”

Avoiding contact may slightly reduce AP’s yardage totals but it is the best long-term strategy to give him a legitimate shot at Emmitt’s record.

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