NFL Rumors suggest that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrien Peterson is considering retirement. However, is it because of his age?
Many times has the saying been heard that age is just a number. For some that would actually be true. One such person who takes that to account is Vikings running back Peterson. For him age will not stop or slow him down in the NFL.
Adrian Peterson is the current rushing champion of the NFL, according to ESPN. The 31-year-old is expected to break the rushing record set by Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. He as well as his trainer James Cooper believes that age will not slow him down.
However, he does admit that the toll he takes from the NFL grind might slow him down. Peterson has his eyes set on Emmitt Smith’s record. He still needs 6,681 yards in order to do that but then he isn’t cowed by it.
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“That’s it. Training camp, going through the grind, OTAs and all that—that will definitely be the deciding factor,” Peterson said to ESPN. Physically he is still fit. However, with all the grind it can get repetitive.
NFL Rumors suggest that the aspect of being an NFL player might push him to retire early. Peterson finds offseason work to be boring. He also explains that he would prefer not to do training camp. He says that after training camp a player is tired and doesn’t want to go through a long season.
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He also joked about trying to copy Brett Favre’s feat, who came out of retirement just after minicamp or training camp. Peterson is thinking about getting it on his next contract.
If NFL Rumors are to be believed then another factor which could play a big part in his retirement decision is his family. He just had a son last September. Cooper also said that Peterson is yet to reach his potential and that he might have to retire if proper work is not done in offseason.
The 31-year-old has led the league for the most carries at 327 and with 11 rushing touchdowns. He is vital to the Vikings’ offense. He will be a big loss if ever he decides to walk away early.
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