Even if he has just a decent season for the 2019 Redskins, Adrian Peterson is set to pass some really renowned running backs on some really stacked lists. Such is the life of a legend.
Heading into Week 1, Peterson checks in as the NFL's eighth all-time leading rusher with 13,318 yards. That puts him 344 yards behind Jerome Bettis, 366 behind LaDainian Tomlinson and 783 behind Curtis Martin.
It's likely that the 34-year-old sees a dip in production this year after rushing for more than 1,000 yards in 2018 because Derrius Guice is now in the rotation, and Jay Gruden said on Monday the offense will heavily feature Guice. However, Peterson should still top Bettis and Tomlinson's totals this campaign and he has a fair chance of getting by Martin, too.
As far as touchdowns go, No. 26 for the Burgundy and Gold is tied for No. 5 in league history with Jim Brown. Both of them have 106 end zone trips to their name.
So, one more score will give Peterson sole possession of fifth in that category, and he needs five touchdowns to move ahead of Walter Payton, who's fourth with 110. Marcus Allen is next with 123, which Peterson won't get to in 2019 barring anything absurd.
In his first go-round with the Redskins, the future Hall of Famer took the postgame podium a few times after notching certain milestones and was gracious about his ascension in history. He also explained, though, how he won't fully be able to appreciate the accomplishments until he's further from them.
Well, that may be true, but hopefully everyone else is taking the time to process what he's doing.
Washington has players like Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams (at least for now) who have been climbing up the ranks for certain franchise marks as of late. Yet Peterson is in another universe, churning up yards and piling up TDs at a rate only a couple of other running backs have ever exceeded.
Sure, the majority of those stats came during his time with the Vikings, but it's still entertaining and special to see him add to those numbers while wearing a Redskins uniform. And it'll continue to be that way for the next four or so months.
Now it's clear where Peterson currently stands on those two particular lists with the opener just days away, as well as what he has to do to advance on them. Every carry he takes this season could be record-breaking. Be sure not to miss any of them.
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