It was announced Friday morning that the Washington Football Team is releasing future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson has spent the last two seasons in Washington after bouncing around from Arizona and New Orleans the year before.
When he was in Minnesota Peterson was one of the most dominant players to ever play the running back position. Just over a month ago he was in the headlines after talking about breaking Emmitt Smith’s all-time rushing record.
“That’s one of the goals I set to myself when I entered the NFL was to pass the GOAT,” Peterson said on NFL Network. “I look forward to playing a couple more years, three to four more years, who knows, depending on how my body is feeling.”
The future first-ballot Hall of Famer currently sits at 14,216 rushing yards meaning he would have to 4,140 yards to catch Smith’s total of 18,355 yards.
Of course, this might be more difficult now, as All Day will have to find a new place to play in 2020. The NFL has started to take an approach on running backs that utilizes much younger players at the position.
Peterson is 35 years old and in running back terms that is no spring chicken. He has said in years past that he wants to retire in Minnesota, the place where he stole the hearts of many after showing how dominant he was in a Vikings’ uniform.
This will be an interesting story to follow and see whether Peterson decides to hang up the cleats or find a new home for the fourth time in four years.