Hous­ton de­fense hopes to slow Peter­son’s quest

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Kristie Rieken Tex­ans ATED PRESS

HOUS­TON — Adrian Peter­son chose No. 29 for his high school jersey be­cause he idol­ized Eric Dick­er­son grow­ing up in Pales­tine, Texas.

Peter­son switched to No. 28 in col­lege when 29 wasn’t avail­able. But he never stopped em­u­lat­ing Dick­er­son, and al­ways hoped he could one day break his NFL sin­gle­sea­son rush­ing record.

With two reg­u­lar-sea­son games left, Peter­son, who is just un­der a year re­moved from re­con­struc­tive knee surgery, needs 294 yards sur­pass the 2,105 yards Dick­er­son gained in 1984.

“I was al­ways com­pared to Eric Dick­er­son be­ing from Texas and his up­right style of run­ning or what­not. It would mean a lot,” Peter­son said of break­ing the record. “He set a bar, some­thing for run­ning backs to chase and en­vi­sion on

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Vik­ings run­ning back Adrian Peter­son needs 294 yards to sur­pass Eric Dick­er­son’s sin­gle-sea­son rush­ing record of 2,105 yards set in 1984.

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