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October 5, 2010

Peterson May Join Elite Running Backs on Monday Night



In just his fourth NFL season, Vikings running back ADRIAN PETERSON has already posted rushing numbers amassed by few others in league history. On Monday night, when the Vikings visit the Jets (ESPN, 8:30 PM ET), Peterson (a fantasy football points machine) will look to add to his accomplishments. 

“Adrian Peterson is a special talent,” says Pro Football Hall of Fame running back JIM BROWN.  “His ability to make moves, accelerate and break tackles is what makes him special.” 

Selected in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft (No. 7 overall) out of Oklahoma, Peterson has rushed for 4,876 yards and 43 touchdowns in 49 career games. With 124 rushing yards this week, Peterson can become the fifth player in NFL history to reach 5,000 yards in his first 50 career games. So far this season, he is averaging 130.7 rushing yards per game (392 yards, three games), the second-best mark in the league.

PLAYERS TO REACH 5,000 RUSH YARDS IN FIRST 50 GAMES
PLAYER
GAMES
45
46
48
50


Adrian Peterson
49*
                                                                         *Has 4,876 yards in 49 career games


He can also join elite company and rank in the top five in most rushing yards and rushing TDs in a player’s first 50 NFL games.

MOST RUSH YARDS IN FIRST 50 GAMES

MOST RUSH TDs IN FIRST 50 GAMES
PLAYER
RUSH YARDS

PLAYER
RUSH TDs
Eric Dickerson
5,597

Jim Brown
49
Earl Campbell
5,411

Eric Dickerson
47
Jim Brown
5,248

Larry Johnson
47
Terrell Davis
5,062

Steve Van Buren
47
Clinton Portis
4,958

Earl Campbell
46





Adrian Peterson
4,876*

Adrian Peterson
43*
           *Through 49 games                                                                 *Through 49 games

Peterson, who has 392 rushing yards and three touchdowns in three games this year, will also look to continue two impressive streaks in 2010. 

Last year, Peterson became the first player since Pro Football Hall of Famer BARRY SANDERS to start the Pro Bowl at running back in each of his first three seasons.  He rushed for 1,383 yards and a league-best 18 touchdowns in 2009 and joined Pro Football Hall of Famers EARL CAMPBELL and Sanders as the only players in NFL history to rush for at least 1,300 yards and 10 TDs in each of his first three seasons. With another such season in 2010, Peterson will join Campbell as the only players to accomplish the feat in each of his first four seasons. 

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