While the pandemic has hurt most people, Adrian Peterson, running back for the Detroit Lions, says that it has possibly extended his career.
Adrian Peterson is no spring chicken when it comes to professional football. At the age of 35, he has put some miles on his body after taking many hits throughout his long career and is the NFL’s second-oldest running back.
Due to the pandemic, the Detroit Lions have had no preseason games and have had numerous practices canceled due to positive test results.
While this might have hurt the team this season as they have a record of 4 and 6, Peterson says the lack of wear and tear on his legs has given them a much-needed break. He now believes that he could potentially play the sport he loves for another five years.
“It actually took a lot off the body,” said Peterson. “Because we really didn’t have a real training camp or OTAs or minicamp or anything like that. So, in hindsight, it really kind of allowed me to be a lot fresher.”
Adrian Peterson Career
This season, Peterson has rushed 389 yards and has two touchdowns for his first year with the Detroit Lions. He previously played for the Vikings for nine years, Saints and Cardinals for a combined year, the Redskins for two years, before signing with the Lions this year.
Adrian Peterson has a decorated career and has all but punched his ticket for the Hall of Fame.
While in college at Oklahoma, Peterson set the freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards in the 2004 season. Named as an obvious All-American, he became the first freshman to finish as a runner up for the Heisman Trophy. Peterson left Oklahoma as the third all-time rushing leader.
In the 2007 draft, the Minnesota Viking picked up Peterson seventh overall. In his first season, he set an NFL record for the most rushing yards in a single game at 296 yards. He was also named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and MVP at the Pro Bowl.
In addition, he became the fifth player in NFL history to have more than 3,000 yards in his first two seasons. Along with many other awards and records, in 2015, he became the oldest running back to be named first-team All-Pro at the age of 30.
Throughout his career, he has more than 14,600 rushing yards, 113 rushing touchdowns, 300 receptions, and six receiving touchdowns.