There aren't many players who deserve to make the guarantees they keep on making. Like DeMarco Murray, who thinks he can have a 2,000-yard season despite failing so far to get to 1,000 yards in a single season. Adrian Peterson, on the other hand, can pretty much predict whatever he wants without raising any eyebrows, which is what he did in an interview with the Star Tribune:
Q Forget about Eric Dickerson’s record for a minute. Last December, we talked about Emmitt Smith’s record and I told you were on pace to get there in Week 4 of 2019. You said sooner and promised to come back with a timetable. Emmitt had 18,355 yards. You’re now 9,506 away. We need a week and a year. When do you get there?
A Man. Oh boy. I have to do some calculations. I’ve been in the league seven years. I’m already right around [9,000]. Calculate it out … Let’s think. Maybe get a couple 2,000-yard seasons … I’ve got … Hmmm … 2017.
Q What week in 2017?
A Man. I better go late. I’m already getting too far in front of myself. I’ll say Week 16. There it is. Week 16 in 2017. Whoo. That’s pushing it, huh? But hey, pushing it is the only way to do it. You know it.
As ambitious as that sounds, his otherworldly abilities make it sound pretty believable. AP has already passed the 2,000-yard mark, so predicting any more of that would be a little played out for him. Though his math probably isn’t too reliable, Peterson is the only player whose talent makes logic irrelevant.