Adrian Peterson has no plans to slow down.
After his final game of 2019, the legendary running back said he envisioned himself playing for another half-decade. Not only that, but he believes 2020 could be his best season to date.
“(I want to) go into this offseason and come back and have the best season of my career. I know that might sound crazy to some people, but if you were in my shoes, you would definitely understand where I’m coming from,” Peterson told The Athletic.
Outlandish? Perhaps. But Peterson’s still a physical specimen more than capable of destroying a defense.
He’s one of just nine players who tallied more than 460 carries and 1,900 rushing yards over the past two seasons. The second-oldest player in that group is 26. Peterson turns 35 in March.
“He’s still got the juice, man. He’s just got it, and I’m trying to figure out what his secret is so that when I’m his age, I’m hopefully still playing and still got the juice like he does,” fellow Washington running back Chris Thompson told Redskins.com in August.
The “secret” is a specialized training routine that’s allowed Peterson to excel well past the age most running backs retire. The workouts are the brainchild of James “Coop” Cooper.
Coop’s been Peterson’s personal trainer since 2008, and their relationship is built on trust.
Above all, Peterson trusts Cooper will never, ever let him become complacent.
AP can out-lift many linemen in the weight room and dusts most wide receivers during speed training, so consistently keeping him challenged is a monumental task.
Their workouts have evolved over the past 12 years, but the goal is always to build a body and mind that can not only handle whatever the game throws at AP, but allow him to thrive in spite of it. After more than 3,000 career NFL carries, Peterson is still aiming to be better than he was yesterday.
“I’ve been blessed with tremendous talent. But on top of that, I don’t want anyone to outwork me,” says Peterson.
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