Even though he turned 31 this offseason, Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson still played pretty well in the last season. The Vikings running back has long shattered what we think we know about running backs.
There are just 23 instances of running backs at age 31 or older rushing for more than 1,000 yards. Move that number to age 32 and you get just 11 instances of running backs crossing the 1,000-yard marker.
“That’s it,” Peterson said. “Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that — that will definitely be the deciding factor. Physically, body-wise, I’ll be good. It’s just mentally — like with OTAs, I’m out there practicing, I’m going, I’m putting in work. But it’s so repetitive that it’s more suited toward the young guys and getting them into the system. It gets kind of boring.”
Peterson noted that his season in the NFL is 2012 when he has just recovered from serious injury and absented all the training camp of offseason.
“Think about this: The 2012 season [after recovering from ACL surgery], I didn’t do any training camp,” Peterson said. “But I was over there on the side, working out. You get that extra month of working out? Come on, man. I would much rather not participate in training camp and work out, just to have more of an edge. Training camp, you’re going out there, you’re playing football, you’re going to lift, and after that, you don’t want to do anything. You’re tired, from meetings and all that.”
He’s shown a strong desire to keep playing football for a long time. If family or the boredom of training camp takes him away early, it would be a pretty big upset.