Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards last season, the second-highest total in National Football League history. Next season, he's looking for about 400 more. "I set the mark for 2,500," Peterson said during an appearance on Dan Patrick's radio show Thursday, Jan. 31, in New Orleans. "If you reach for the stars and fall short, you're still there." Peterson finished the 2012 season just nine yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson's NFL mark, set with the Los Angeles Rams in 1984. Fans will remember Peterson's surprised look when interviewed after the Dec. 30 season finale by Fox's Pam Oliver. "I didn't know that I was (only) nine yards short, so that stunned me." His performance in that victory over Green Bay did help the Vikings earn a playoff berth. And it also may have earned Peterson a Most Valuable Player award. Peterson's main competition is Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, who playfully accused Peterson of lobbying for the MVP award at last week's Pro Bowl festivities in Hawaii. But, All Day said, "I didn't take it personally." Peterson, of course, has been disappointed by postseason awards before. He told Patrick he was "robbed" of the 2004 Heisman Trophy after his freshman season at Oklahoma, when he rushed for a freshman record 1,925 yards.
Adrian Peterson: Vikings star eyes 2,500 yards next season
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Jan 31