Adrian Peterson Doesn’t Think About Retirement; He Hopes To Play In 2022

The future Hall of Famer begins to consider a career as a coach, but until his playing days are over

RENTON – After a chat with Pete Carroll, Adrian Peterson has begun to consider a career as a coach, for when his playing days come to an end. For now, though, the 36-year-old running back plans to pursue his Hall of Fame career in 2022.

Peterson finished his 15th NFL season on injured reserve with the Seattle Seahawks, who finished their season 7-10 with a win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Peterson joined his practice squad in early December, playing in a game before hurting his back.


Adrian Peterson recognized his experience in Seattle as one of the best in his long NFL career. Getty Images

Peterson, who will be a free agent, said Monday that he has not spoken with team officials about a return to the Seahawks, but wants to continue playing.

“I can’t imagine my career ending the way it did,” he explained. “So with that, I’ll go into the offseason with the mindset that I’ll continue to play. I still have love for the game. I feel like I can still compete at a high level, and with a full offseason, with that mindset – because I’m stronger than last year, mentally – with the mindset that I would go into the offseason, I feel like I would be able to do some amazing things, eat healthy, and just work the offseason with a different mindset. that, to this day, I definitely look forward to playing again. “

The Seahawks were all but eliminated from playoff contention when they signed Peterson, but they believed he could have a positive impact on their younger players. That proved especially true with fourth-year running back Rashaad Penny, whose season-ending breakout coincided with the arrival of Peterson.

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Penny, who led the NFL with 671 rushing yards through the final five games and scored six touchdowns in that span, continually cited how much she had benefited from watching Peterson and learning from him.

“I feel like one of the people I was able to impact the most was Penny,” Peterson said. “He didn’t feel sorry. He didn’t feel sorry for asking questions and trying to search my brain. ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ Not only did he just ask, but actually acted on it, too. He’s been doing things. throughout the week that help your body recover, to keep your body in shape. “

Carroll saw the same. That’s part of the reason he recently mentioned to Peterson the possibility of an eventual move to become a coach.

Before that, he had never considered directing anything other than, perhaps, his son’s junior team.

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“But after chatting with Coach Pete, it’s something I’ve been thinking about,” admitted Peterson. “I talked to my wife, too, and she said, ‘Adrian, you’re just a different person when they’re in football, and it shows. So it’s something you should definitely think about and consider.’ So, for the first time, I’ve thought and considered going in that direction if and when I’m done playing football. So, we’ll see how the pieces fit together. “

In his only season with the Seahawks, Peterson scored a touchdown to tie Jim Brown for 10th on the NFL’s all-time list.

“The experience was first class,” he revealed about his time with Seattle. “I’ve been blessed to be able to play with a number of different organizations, and I can definitely say probably the best experience I’ve ever had.”

Peterson ranks fifth in NFL history with 14,918 career rushing yards.