Smith on Peterson having shot at rushing record

BY foxsports • September 27, 2013

When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was in Frisco for a youth football camp in July, the reigning NFL MVP said Emmitt Smith's rushing record is something he wants to accomplish.

But Peterson took things a step further later in the month when he told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he would break the record in Week 16 of the 2017 season.

Peterson, 28, currently has 9,130 rushing yards. For him to break the record of 18,355 yards by that date, he'd have to play in every game and average 121.4 yards per outing.

What are Smith's thoughts on Peterson's prediction?

"I'm very proud to see what Adrian has been able to accomplish thus far, especially after the devastating knee injury a couple years ago," Smith told this week. "To see him bounce back last year and have over 2,000 yards rushing is nothing short of remarkable. Can he do it? Hey, I'm not going to say no one can ever achieve that level because I was able to achieve it myself.

"It's not reserved for me. Records are made to be broken. All I can do is sit back and say: Good luck, go for it and the day that you get close to it, please call me and invite me so I can come watch."

If the record is ever broken, some might think that Smith would want it to be done by someone he respects. But Smith says it doesn't matter to him who breaks it because he knows what type of commitment a player must have to accomplish such a feat.

"You just don't roll out of bed in the morning and say I'm going to break the record and expect to do it in five years, 10 years, 12 years," Smith said. "You got to show a level of consistency week in and week out and year in and year out. And most importantly, you got to be healthy for a long time.

"On top of that, you got to be part of some good teams. They don't necessarily have to be great, but you have to be good and competitive. And you got to be given the opportunity. There are so many different factors that go into rushing for over 17,000 yards. You got to have those pieces of the puzzle in place, bottom line."

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