Father Time is undefeated, it's true, but He's also been given a black eye by Adrian Peterson. The 35-year-old running back continues to not only play in the NFL, but at an impressive level, rushing for 1,940 yards and 12 touchdowns in his most recent two seasons with the Washington Redskins. Even more eye-opening is the fact he was made inactive in Week 1 of the 2019 season as the team attempted to locate the future at the position, only to then be awarded the role as starter in Week 2 -- using the benching as fuel to eventually be one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise abysmal Redskins' season.
As he enters the final year of his second contract in Washington, he does so in a running back room overflowing with bodies. The future first ballot Hall of Famer has seen this movie before though, as noted above, and is only focused on what he brings to the table. And, for him, it's not simply about focusing on continuing to make an impact in 2020. Peterson, who shows little signs of slowing down as he enters his late 30s, says he has at least one more presidential term left in him.
"Man, why not four more years?" he posited recently, via NFL.com. "Why not?"
The former league MVP and seven-time All-Pro wants to drive until the rims melt.
"I don't want to ever be in a position where I look back and say, 'Man, I should have played two more years. I should have played another year,'" Peterson explained. "I want to enjoy it."
After all, despite his illustrious 13-year NFL career, there's still one thing he has yet to achieve.
"I'm still chasing a championship," he said. "You know, I still can play the game at a high level. For those reasons, and having that love and passion for the game, I'm going to continue to keep the ball rolling."
Until a younger talent steps up to prove themselves as the future at the position for the Redskins, it's Peterson who they'll look to as the steady hand to
Time will tell what happens in the end, or where Peterson will play out his four-year projection, but we now know he won't voluntarily hang up his cleats in 2021 or even a few seasons thereafter.