Minnesota Vikings

If Adrian Peterson Breaks Eric Dickerson's Record, Where Will He Rank All-Time?

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 09:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field on December 9, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst IDecember 17, 2012

Adrian Peterson can now be compared to the NFL's greatest running backs. 

As he nears 1,700 career carries, he has over 8,500 career yards with 75 rushing touchdowns in less than six professional seasons. 

Many are wondering, if he breaks Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, where will the Minnesota Vikings star rank all-time? 

Currently, Peterson is 36th on the career rushing yards list—if he eclipses Dickerson's mark, he would enter 2013 33rd on the all-time list behind Ahman Green. 

Nearing the Top 30 in career rushing yards in six seasons is as impressive as it sounds. 

His yards-per-carry average of 5.1 is an even more telling statistic, one that vaults him into lofty consideration—Jim Brown, Bo Jackson and Jamaal Charles are the only running backs from the modern era who have a higher career yards-per-carry average. 

Although his statistics are noteworthy, Peterson has transcended the quantifiable.

His powerful yet aggressively graceful running style and the way he has defied continual stacked boxes and inconsistent quarterback play in Minnesota carries substantial weight. 

Think Barry Sanders.

Also, the way AP has rebounded in magnificent fashion from a completely shredded knee demonstrates his unwavering consistency better than anything else he has done as a professional. 

Peterson has rushed for more than 10 touchdowns in each of his six seasons, and when he was held to a career low 4.4 yards-per-carry average in 2009, the Vikings star reached the end zone on the ground 18 times. 

Add everything up, and this 26-year-old phenomenon is a fringe Top 10 running back in NFL history. 

Yeah, right now.

As time progresses, with Peterson displaying absolutely no signs of slowing down, he has a legitimate chance to arguably be among the Top 3 runners ever. 

 

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