Washington's Adrian Peterson Wants Super Bowl, Emmitt Smith's Rushing Record

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2020

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson smiles as he speaks with the media after a news conference with new head coach Ron Rivera at the team's NFL football training facility, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Adrian Peterson has no plans of walking away from football anytime soon. 

The Washington running back said Friday he still wants a Super Bowl title and is aiming to pass Emmitt Smith as the league's all-time rushing leader.

"Winning a championship is the one I want most," Peterson said on NFL Network, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

Washington enters the 2020 season with little hope of hoisting a Lombardi Trophy. They are currently listed at 150-1 at Caesars Palace to win the Super Bowl, the second-worst odds in the NFL behind the Jacksonville Jaguars

The 35-year-old's goal to pass Smith also seems unlikely. He's currently 4,139 yards behind the Dallas Cowboys legend, meaning he would almost certainly have to play past age 40 to pass Smith. 

"That's one of the goals I set to myself when I entered the NFL was to pass the GOAT," Peterson said. "I look forward to playing a couple more years, 3-4 more years, who knows, depending on how my body is feeling."

Peterson has remained an effective running back in his two seasons with Washington, rushing for 1,940 yards and 12 touchdowns. While he's not as explosive as he was in his prime, Peterson has averaged more than four yards per carry in both seasons with Washington.

The veteran is expected to compete for carries with Derrius Guice, Bryce Love and rookie third-round pick Antonio Gibson. All three young running backs were wildly successful in college and could threaten Peterson's status as lead ball-carrier.

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At the very least, they'll be an impediment to his uphill battle catching Smith.