Adrian Peterson may have signed but a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, but he has his sights set on an extended playing career.
The 32-year-old said Wednesday at a charity softball game that he isn’t near done. Asked how long he planned on playing, he said until he’s “37, 38.”
“It’s a good number. Approaching 40,” Peterson said, according to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate.
Peterson will first have to show he still has something in the tank with the Saints. He spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, but was released after the 2016 season. He has played in 20 games over the last three seasons.
He did, however, tally 1,485 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in his last full season, in 2015.
Peterson has proven to be one of the league’s most durable running backs, accumulating nearly 2,500 career carries. He’s rebounded from a torn ACL in the past and hopes to do the same after suffering a torn meniscus last year.
“I’d be lying to you (if I said) it doesn’t give you a chip (on your shoulder),” Peterson said of the doubters. “It’s not my main focus. It’s something that drives you a little bit. After 30, because it was the same back then. ‘Oh, he’s 30.’ Then I ended up leading the league in 2015. Same thing the next year. Stuff will continue to repeat itself until I finish.”
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