FEDEX FIELD -- In his season debut, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson made his presence felt early. In the first quarter of Washington's Week 2 loss to the Cowboys, the 34-year-old running back punched it in the end zone from one yard out, giving Washington an early touchdown lead over their rival.
This touchdown was no ordinary touchdown, however. It marked Peterson's 107th career rushing touchdown, passing NFL legend Jim Brown on the all-time rushing touchdown list.
"Man, it's just a blessing. it continues to show me how blessed I am," Peterson said on passing Brown. "To have the opportunity and ability to pass some of the greats that paved the way."
Brown played for the Cleveland Browns for nine seasons. He's considered one of the best, if not the best, running backs to ever play the game. He won the league's Most Valuable Player award three times, making first-team All-Pro eight times.
Last year, Peterson passed the likes of Barry Sanders, Marshall Faulk, and even Redskins great John Riggins on the all-time TD list. Passing Brown meant much more to Peterson than any of those.
"He was the first one that paved the way for us," Peterson said. "This one means a lot more than the other ones will when I pass them because Jim Brown is a guy I looked up to. I've talked to him on several occasions, just the look in his eyes when I'm talking to him, it's like '[wow].' That is just motivating to me."
There was a time Peterson may have questioned whether he would pass Brown on the all-time rushing touchdown list. After stints with the Saints and Cardinals in 2017, Peterson was a free agent just last August, wondering if any team would call him again.
Washington did, and for the most part, it's worked out for both parties. In 2018, Peterson rushed for over 1,000 yards and earned the team's Offensive Most Valuable Player award.
Of course, Peterson has dealt with adversity in Washington as well. Just last week, he was a healthy scratch in Philadelphia, something he had never been before in his 13-year career. But the running back held his head high, stayed positive and professional through it all.
His teammates appreciated the running back's professionalism as well.
"Man, I appreciate him bouncing back from last week," Redskins wide receiver Paul Richardson said on Peterson. "Anybody could have been frustrated. he stepped up as a leader. He stepped up as a man, he stepped up as a ballplayer, a teammate. He came out and put all that stuff behind him and left it on the field. When he came out, he performed for us, and I appreciate that."
Unfortunately, Peterson's accomplishment was overshadowed by the rest of the Redskins afternoon. It wasn't pretty, as Dallas cruised to a 31-21 victory, scoring on five-straight possessions at one point.
"It feels good to have passed him today, but it's bittersweet because we didn't get this divisional win," Peterson said.
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