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Adrian Peterson says he will break Emmitt Smith’s rushing record by 2017

Adrian Peterson is on Emmitt Smith’s pace. Peterson has 9,420 yards seven games into his seventh season. Smith had 9,488 to this point.

Peterson would have to average 1,475 yards per season over the next five years to break Smith’s all-time rushing record of 18,355.

Peterson, thinks it’ll be sooner than that. He predicted last summer that he would become the NFL’s all-time leading rusher in Week 16 of 2017. He said the same thing this week in an interview with the media.

“I definitely have to keep my game up to par.. and that record can be broken,” Peterson said. “But I’m not focusing on that. I set goals, and I just go out and play and if happens, it happens and if doesn’t, it doesn’t. I don’t harp on it.”

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