ONE-ON-ONE: Adrian Peterson on up, down season - KMSP-TV

ONE-ON-ONE: Adrian Peterson on up, down season

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The Vikings have certainly had their ups and downs this season, and the same is true for star running back Adrian Peterson. Fox 9 News sat down with AP for a one-on-one about his struggles and plans for success.

In speaking with Fox 9's Dawn Mitchell, Adrian Peterson admits he remembers pledging to break Emitt Smith's record of 18,355 yards by week 16 in 2017 -- and he says he'll hold onto that goal.

"I would rather be in the playoffs every year, and the yardage is secondary to that," Peterson said. "It's still cool when you look in the books or whatnot. I'm still on pace to be able to get that record, but I would give that up to be able to grace the playoffs and get a shot for the Super Bowl."

Some Vikings fans -- and certainly some critics -- have claimed that Peterson's potential may be squandered in its prime because of the team colors he wears, and others have urged him to get the super ring -- and the glory -- under a different name. Yet, while the local favorite says he feels everyone is entitled to their opinion, he says he's not the type to abandon ship.

"I'm going to be the last guy on board," he said.

Yet, when asked about what the hardest thing he faces right now, he admits it's "the back against the wall."

"Just being 2 and 8," he said simply. "That's the hardest thing, but then again, that's what's pushing me. It hurts as well, but that's the fuel."

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