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Adrian Peterson shooting for 2,500 yards in 2013

Minnesota Vikings v Houston Texans

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 23: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings waits on the field prior to the start of the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson just turned in a season with the second-most rushing yards in NFL history, but he’s setting his sights a little higher for 2013.

About 400 yards higher, to be exact. During an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Peterson said that he’s set a goal for 2013 that would represent two pretty good seasons for most running backs.

“I set the mark for 2,500,” Peterson said, via the Pioneer Press. “If you reach for the stars and fall short, you’re still there.”

If Peterson were to reach that lofty goal, it’s hard to imagine that he wouldn’t wind up being named the league’s Most Valuable Player. The matter of this year’s winner will be settled on Saturday night and Peterson’s made no secret of the fact that he thinks he should be the winner. Peterson told Patrick that he’s been told unofficially that he has the votes to take home the award over suspected top competition Peyton Manning and admitted he’d be “a little salty” if the prize winds up going to somebody else.

A little saltiness might be just the thing for Peterson to propel himself beyond this season’s remarkable accomplishments to the 2,500-yard mark, although no one with the Vikings is going to complain about another year like 2012 either.