[QUOTE=Jet Nut;4502466]Then why does A Peterson and his 950 yards make anyones top 10?[/QUOTE]
Because he put up those 970 yards and 12 TD's with an average of 4.7 yards per carry during only 12 games of play. Yes, he got hurt, but that doesn't change the fact that he had an excellent season. The best running back in the game, without question. I really hope to see Adrian Peterson fully recover 100% from injury, because he's only behind Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith and Ladainian Tomlinson as the greatest HB's I've ever seen play the game of football. I can't rank him ahead of any of these all-time greats just yet, but AP does combine for the greatest mixture of size, speed and power that I've ever witnessed.
After 5 seasons of play, Smith had rushed for 7,183 yards, 71 TD's with an average of 4.40 yards per carry.
After 5 seasons of play, Peterson has rushed for 6,752 yards, 64 TD's with an average of 4.8 yards per carry.
If Peterson doesn't go down last year, he was on pace for a 1,293 yard/16 TD type of season. Which could have put up at 7,075 rushing yards and 68 career rushing TD's ala right on pace with Smith's first 5 seasons of play. Hopefully Peterson can recover and return to previous form. I truly believe that if anyone can recover from a nasty injury such as Peterson's injury? It's Peterson himself.
Truthfully, what Peterson has done during his first 5 years has impressed me more when thinking back on what Smith did during his first 5 seasons (which were great). Peterson has had top run blocking offensive lines over the years, but not in comparison to some of the greatest Cowboy offensive line's the NFL has ever seen. Peterson hasn't had the QB's that Smith had in Troy Aikman with the Boys. Favre was aging during his two years in Minny while opposing defenses feared a prime Troy. Last but not least, Safety's had to account for Michael Irving on the outside, if only Peterson had a Calvin Johnson/Larry Fitzgerald type WR lined up on the outside, forget about it; because that's what Irving was of the early to mid 90's.
I've never once caught myself recording games of an opposing team, just to watch one player perform. But, I've caught myself doing it each of the past 4 seasons. Fell in love with AP's style of rushing attack during his rookie season and haven't had enough since. If the Jets play at 1:00 and the Patriots at 4:00, I'll be sure to catch both AFC East games. But after a tough Jets loss? I just pop in a tape of the Vikings in order to watch #28 run wild. Fast forward while the Vikings are on defense just to see Peterson toat the rock on the offensive side of the ball. He slashes through 8-9 man fronts, runs through/over LB's and runs right past CB's and Safety's. I've just never seen his mixture of size, speed and power mixed into one.
Last edited by NY2FLDWC85; 06-28-2012 at 01:19 AM.