Adrian Peterson’s Rushing Record Surpasses Career High

Adrian Peterson closes in on the single-season rushing record in the Minnesota Vikings game last Sunday.

Peterson rushed for 212 yards on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. One run was an 82-yard touchdown. After Sunday’s game Peterson stood at 1,812 yards for the season surpassing his past career high of 1,760 yards.

The single-season rushing record is currently held by Eric Dickerson, who rushed for 2,105 yards in 1984 as a member of the Los Angeles Rams. Peterson had admitted last week to Sports Ilustrated’s Peter King that he was “looking to set the new record this year.”

With two games left against, Houston and Green Bay, Peterson is 294 yards away from breaking the record, meaning he would have to average 147 yards per game. A tall order since Houston has the second best rushing defense in the league, while the Packers were 14th overall against the run after Sunday.

The Vikings are also battling for a playoff spot making the final game against division foe, Green Bay all the more important. The Packers have already clinched the VFC North division title after beating the Chicago Bears this week.

Peterson, nicknamed “A. D.” for “All Day,” and “Purple Jesus,” was selected by the Vikings with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Following his first pro season in which he set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game (296), Peterson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

He was then awarded the MVP award for his performance in the Pro Bowl and became only the 5th player in NFL history to have more than 3,000 yards through his first two seasons. In 2010, he became the fifth fastest player to run for 5,000 yards, doing so in his 51st game. In 2012, Peterson became the sixth fastest player to reach 8,000 rushing yards.

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