This upcoming weekend, Adrian Peterson looks to stay on pace in hopes to becoming the all-time season leader in rushing yards. With only two games remaining, Peterson has racked up 1,812 yards, putting him 294 yards away from breaking Eric Dickerson’s record of 2,105.
It was around this time last year when the Minnesota Vikings running back tore his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments against the Washington Redskins; the NFL had lost one of its premier tailbacks to a potential career-threatening injury. However, the injury didn’t stop the one they call “All Day”, who rehabbed intensely throughout the offseason and made a stunningly rapid recovery. His goal was to make it back for the season opener against Jacksonville, and that he did.
A.P. and the Vikings next task is an interconference game versus the AFC South champion Houston Texans on Sunday. With playoff implications on the line, Peterson hopes to help the Vikings to victory as well as inching closer to Dickerson’s 28-year-old record. Here’s a look back at Dickerson when he topped O.J. Simpson as the all-time season rushing yards leader in 1984, as originally presented on “Inside the NFL.”