Peterson says he has 'a long way to go' after eclipsing 10,000 yards
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MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson ran for a season-high 211 rushing yards off a career-high 35 carries in Sunday's 23-20 overtime win against the Chicago Bears.
Peterson became the third fastest running back to reach 10,000 career rushing yards, but the NFL MVP contested he could've loaded more onto his back.
"I could have gone more, yeah. I condition real hard and actually I get stronger as I go," Peterson said. "I could have went for 50, maybe 55 carries."
The Vikings had 86 offensive snaps and handed off to Peterson on two of every five plays. Despite playing through a groin injury, Peterson played the part of best running back in the league by averaging six yards per carry throughout four quarters and overtime.
Peterson's 29 rushing yards on the Vikings' final drive help set up kicker Blair Walsh's game-winning, 34-yard field goal with less than two minutes left in overtime. Peterson had already eclipsed 10,000 yards before overtime, on a 19-yard run in the fourth quarter.
"Jim Brown, Eric Dickerson are the guys that I looked up to, the guys that motivated me to be better than them and I still have a long way to go," Peterson said. "I've reached this mark and it's great...but I still have a long way to go to surpass those guys and that is what I look to do."
Peterson (10,057) is now 26th on the all-time rushing list after passing running back Ricky Williams (10,009) and Clinton Portis (9,923) on Sunday. Peterson also became the third-fastest rusher to reach the 10,000-yard mark as he did so in 101 games. Brown (98) and Dickerson (91) did it quicker.
"It was definitely a roller coaster today, up and down with the emotions and how things were going," Peterson said. "The missed field goals and when they set up to kick the game winning field goal, I was like miss it, miss it, miss, miss, miss and it goes to the right edge and misses, I was like, 'Thank you, Jesus.'"