Redskins' Adrian Peterson Moves into 6th Place on NFL's All-Time Rushing List

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIOctober 25, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 24: Adrian Peterson #26 of the Washington Redskins warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 24, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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This season has been a forgettable one for 1-6 Washington, but Adrian Peterson is using it to further establish himself as one of the most memorable running backs in history.   

In Thursday night's matchup between Washington and the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson tallied 67 yards on 11 carries through three quarters and moved to sixth on the NFL's all-time rushing yards list with 13,692 yards (and counting):

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Adrian Peterson moves to 6th on the all-time career rushing yards list 🔥 (via @NFL) https://t.co/gvPMmofNqY

The four-time All-Pro surpassed Jerome Bettis (13,662) and LaDainian Tomlinson (13,684) in the process. 

It's fitting that Peterson accomplished the feat in Minnesota, as his best years took place with the Vikings from 2007 to 2016. 

The 34-year-old gained 11,747 yards as a Viking. He also nearly placed himself atop the NFL's all-time single-season rushing leaderboard in 2012 but came up eight yards short of Eric Dickerson's 2,105 yards. As a consolation, he was named that season's league MVP. 

Overall in Minnesota, Peterson rushed for at least 1,000 yards in seven seasons.

Last season in Washington, he showed he's still a threat with 1,042 yards and seven touchdowns on 251 carries across 16 games. 

Beyond his record-breaking run, Peterson also showed glimpses of his prime form Thursday night:


Two jump cuts and 💨 @AdrianPeterson hasn't lost a step. #HTTR 📺: #WASvsMIN on @NFLNetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideo How to watch: https://t.co/I6INVckndX https://t.co/efYAAlDrgw

He can now set his sights on Curtis Martin, who's in fifth with 14,101 yards.