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At 28 years of age, running back Adrian Peterson has already amassed nearly 9,000 yards on the ground in only six seasons. That averages out to roughly 1,400 yards per year.
If he can maintain this average over the course of the next four years, which would take him to the ripe age of 32, Peterson would have over 14,000 yards rushing for his career. This is a feat only four other running backs in history have accomplished—each of whom are in in the Hall of Fame.
Peterson also happens to be the active leader in career rushing touchdowns with 76, which is 10 more than the next in line.
Voters should fall in love with Adrian Peterson’s resume and overall story.
His ability to dominate at record levels in an era when running backs are treated as lesser commodities makes his case for Canton a relevant one. Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Peterson should be sporting the yellow jacket at some point in his post-career future. If he can duplicate another season like the one he had last year, then the only question left is whether or not he makes it in on the first ballot.