What have you done for me lately?
In 2012, Peterson was league MVP and NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He made First-Team All-Pro is a seven-time Pro Bowler, but when it comes to the NFL, this is a “What have you done for me lately?” league. For some reason, there is a narrative going around that Adrian Peterson is “old” and “washed up”.
There can be no denying that 35 years of age is rather seasoned for a running back in the NFL, and Peterson’s body has been punished with injuries in his long career, but he still has some tread on the tires, some gas in the tank, and his last two seasons of production should back me up on that belief.
During Washington’s season opener against the Cardinals, Peterson rushed for 96 yards on 26 carries and added 70 yards on only two receptions. In week 3 against the Packers, Peterson pounded the rock 19 times for 126 yards and two rushing TDs.
In week 8, Peterson rushed for 149 yards on 26 carries including a 64 yard touchdown run, earning him NFC offensive player of the week. During week 13, in a Monday Night football game against the Eagles, Peterson recorded a career-high 90 yard rushing touchdown. In week 16, Peterson ran for 119 yards on 26 carries.
His final total for 2018 was 1,042 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns.
In week 6 against the Dolphins, Peterson rushed 23 times for 118 yards. In week 8, Peterson recorded 76 yards on 14 carries in a loss against the Vikings, his former team. The following week, he would rush 18 times for 108 yards. Peterson finished the season with 898 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns, a slight drop off from 2018, but not bad for an old man.
Adrian Peterson would a great addition to an already stellar offense and he would bring a wealth of knowledge to the table for the younger backs with his veteran experience.
Peterson has played in the league for nearly 13 years, and in that time he has had an illustrious career, racking up achievements and breaking records along the way, but there is one achievement that has alluded him with all of his teams, and that is the most honored achievement of all – The ring.
No doubt that soon the curtain will probably fall on Adrian Peterson’s career, but he deserves a shot at that ring, and what better team to give him that opportunity than the Kansas City Chiefs.