Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is well aware that in order for him to break Emmitt Smith’s all-time rushing record he’ll need to take care of his body if he wants to even make it to his mid-30’s.
“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.”
Peterson has always been a hard down hill runner that looks like run over opposing defenders. You have to wonder if he’ll change his running style at all.