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Peterson Returns, Passes Robert Smith To Become The Vikings All-Time Leading Rusher

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on September 9, 2012 – 2:22 pm

Not only did Adrian Peterson return to the field on Sunday just eight months after tearing his ACL in his left knee, but he also passed Robert Smith to become the team’s all-time leading rusher.  He entered the game just 67 yards behind Smith’s previous record of 6,818, a record that had stood since 2000, which was Smith’s final NFL season.  Peterson finished last season with 6,752 yards before suffering the knee injury in week 16 against the Redskins.

Peterson scored the team’s first two touchdowns in Sunday’s dramatic 26-23 overtime win over the Jaguars.  He finished the day with 17 carries for 88 yards to go along with the two scores.

After Peterson broke the record, Smith tweeted (@ESPNRobertSmith) “How appropriate! #AD in OT becoming the Vikings all time leading rusher! Congrats man! Happy it was you “


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72 Responses to “Peterson Returns, Passes Robert Smith To Become The Vikings All-Time Leading Rusher”

  1. By Mike B on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    first

  2. By Mike B on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Great Second Half of play from the 2 Min Warning of the first half. Ponder shakes the rust off and was throwing bullets in the second half. AP is back and playing much like the old AP. The secondary better, but still a work in progress. Last series in forth Quarter and in overtime shows the offfense doing what it needs to do to win the game. Walsh just say wow.

  3. By Mike B on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Congrats to AP on getting the team rushing record. He definately deserves it.

  4. By greatirishpotatofamine on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Blair Walsh rookie of the year?

  5. By Spencer on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously though, where was Jared Allen in the 4th quarter and OT? We could have used him on those 3rd downs…

  6. By Spencer on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    But at the end of the day, we got the W. Thats all that matters. Next week we got Luck!

  7. By Spoiler Alert on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, he was with Cook in the No-Show category.

  8. By JSG on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    B-Rob saved our bacon all day on D. Ive been sayn all year were a 6-10 team and if that was Rodgers or Brady instead of Gabbert we get blown out. Ponder’s final numbers are misleading the offense wasn’t too smooth all day. Im watcn RG3 on the TV next to me in his first game in a tough arena and it’s obvious we don’t have that in Ponder. I know we have to let him develop but a lot of other teams QB’s have much more natural ability. Ponder looks like Joe Montana in shorts when there’s live bullets he’s a different guy. Im not rooting agianst him I hope he can figure it out.

  9. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Spoiler, no, I am not a native Minnesotan, but have lived here the majority of my life– used to go to games at the Old Met with my dad in below zero temps– so your theory that I am positive because I have not gone through all the disappointments you and other long timers have is dead wrong. I live my life differently– it is a choice. No room for whining. Life is too short to complain and find fault.

  10. By Spencer on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Gabbert made a perfect throw, cant knock him for that. Cook had a couple pass-deflections and locked down Justin Blackmon.

  11. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    A GREAT START TO THE SEASON. Thank you Vikings!

    A TRUE FAN.

  12. By JSG on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Also Blair Walsh has steel testicles

  13. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    And for the next two hours, I am a 49ers fan.

  14. By MTfan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    We hae the weapons to blow teams out, but we continue to suffer from conservative play calling until our back is against the wall. It’s been that way since Dennis Green. It keeps us in most games, but keeps our opponents in every game.

  15. By MTfan on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    We hae the weapons to blow teams out, but we continue to suffer from conservative play calling until our back is against the wall. It’s been that way since Dennis Green. It keeps us in most games, but keeps our opponents in every game.

  16. By Stoney on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Another rookie who played well was Harrison Smith!

  17. By Spoiler Alert on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, Titus. Now I am realy suprised by your attitude. You of all people should be burned by this team. I hope everyone else is right and us nay-sayers are wrong. I truly do. I just don’t think this current squad of veterans have enough heart to win it all. In 09, Favre had enough to go around, in2010, there was zero. I havent seen any heart from these guys since Favre. The Grant teams, they had heart and determination. That’s because Bud only had Winners on his team. Winners find a way to win because they are used to winning. Look at the college records of our core players, not enough winners=not enough heart. That’s all I’m saying.

  18. By Spoiler Alert on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    MTfan, Bud managed the same way.

  19. By JSG on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    For the people that think Greenway is overrated did you see the huge pass break up he had on quite a few 3rd downs. Plus like Frazier said they’re gonna stop being so conservative with him he blitzed quite a few times today. He’s big time

  20. By Spencer on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    In regards to that Cook p a s s, to me the biggest problem is that with less than a minute on the clock and a FG doing no good, why was Cook the only one in the picture on that play. Where was the safety help deep?

  21. By Secret on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    You guys are pretty rough on the Vikes. After the season they had last year and the coach they have to live with, I say they did pretty well.

  22. By Luana Vick Studer on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    way to start our season off!! GO VIKES!

  23. By Spencer on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    TOUCHDOWN MOSS!

    I WISH HE WOULDA MOONED THE CROWED HAHA

  24. By celticvikingwarrior on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I’VE TRIED TO GIVE OUT GAME BALLZ TO K-B.W.
    RB.AD AND QB C.P AND BEEN SHUT OUT TWICE AMAZING HOW TERRIBLE THE EDITING/CENSORSHIP ON THIS SITE IS ….I HATE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. By H.M.G. on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Smith showed up strong on 3rd down in OT. Need more plays like that.
    Allen got $REWED on that offsides penalty to begin the game. Should have been his 1st of 25 sacks this year.

  26. By celticvikingwarrior on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE……YA, RANDY MOSS…KEEP ON DESTROYING THE PACK !!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer…

    I think you are being a little h ard on Cook on that TD play ???…

    If you watch the replay…The receiver pushed off a little on that play…

    Could have easily been called for offensive p ass interference on that play…

    And then Cook gets a big sack too…

    Over all the refs did a good job though…

    Big mistakes by the refs early in the GB game…Of course going the Packers way AGAIN…

  28. By Matthias on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil’s blocked extra point saved the day, too.

  29. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    There was no penalty…The defender had a right to that ball in the end zone on the Finley play !!!…

    Man I hate whining GB receivers getting away with their temper tantrums !!!

  30. By Aramashadont on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Robert Smith’s last season was 200??? He looks good for being that old. Glad Ponder showed up in the 4th & overtime. Way to go A.D. Glad I was there to witness. Smith / Kalil / Robinson / Walsh all rookies that came to play and made some plays.

    Fifty shades of Ponder needs to improve

  31. By caliviking88 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    man i cant believe some of the comments i read…there are some of you who shouldnt even call themselves vikings fans for real…i CANT BELIEVE some would discredit our win jus because it was the jaguars….think about and use your lil heads (i know you’re still in puberty) every team plays hard WEEK 1 this is a great win

  32. By SmileyStar on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is just not good enough. No passing TD. AD is Awesome!

  33. By caliviking88 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    have some faith in your team….look at the raider fans they think theyre gunna win the superbowl every year…it may not be true but its called BELIEVING in your team….whoever said we’re going 6-10…id slap you if i could see you…no worse than 8-8 foolz…we didnt have any time to practice last year…did you all forget about the LOCKOUT ALREADY

  34. By caliviking88 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    smily star shutup

  35. By caliviking88 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    what an idiot…then again what can i expect from i guy who puts his name as smileystar

  36. By caliviking88 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    a*

  37. By Matthias on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder played fine in the end. He didn’t force the ball to his receivers during the end of the game. No touchdowns, but also no interceptions. Next year we need a true #1 receicer ( if Simpson doesn’t pan out ) to open up some space for Harvin.

  38. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Spoiler– it is just a way to live life. No reason to allow these players to determine your attitude or your pursuit of happiness. I will keep believing we will win the Superbowl– and one of these years I will be right.

  39. By caliviking88 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    honestly i think Letroy Guion needs to start using his head more out there….that play cost us big time…game wouldnt have even been close if it wasnt for that energy killing play

  40. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    You @ssholes need to go root for Green Gay, seriously. Take that negative mojo over to Wisconsin. How bankrupt are you when you complain about a win.

  41. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    It is really strange to hear all the whining. It was a great win. AP looked great after coming back from a horrible injury.. Ponder looked really good. We came back with 20 seconds to tie the game– Our rookie kicker made a huge long field goal – and then we won in OT. Even Cook had a sack– and Smith had a great play. Come on– there is so much to be please about.

  42. By caliviking88 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    guion will be fine…he jus needs to focus more…we cant have those penalties like he gave us last year with all those offside calls

  43. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    pleased*

  44. By caliviking88 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Titus they barely got done swimming in their daddys sack…you cant expect them to know football yet

  45. By Don Powers on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Reply to MTfan, Amen brother! Minnesota will never win a Super Bowl with all the conservative,”save it for tomorrow” coaches they have had.They need a Gruden or a Jimmie Johnson to take them to the promise land.I’ve been a loyal Vikings fan for over 40 years and i’m sick and tired of saying, well maybe next year.

  46. By caliviking88 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    In reply to Don Powers…..come on man we almost won the championship with brad childress as our coach…players play the game not the coaches

  47. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Calvi– you are correct. I cannot waste my time around this nonsense anymore– life is too short to whine and cry– especially over a win! Carazy people here.

  48. By caliviking88 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Alright 49ers

  49. By Baba-Kluwe on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Meanwhile Green Gay is about to start the season last in the Division! Haha

  50. By Don Powers on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    AP, YOU THE MAN!!!!

  51. By Don Powers on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Reply to caliviking88, it takes the ENTIRE team to win the Super Bowl and that means coaching and team game plan as well as players.What do you think coaches are supposed to do?Have front row seats only to watch the game?

  52. By caliviking88 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Don Powers….you are right…but these coaches didnt jus become our coaches by putting a name in a hat and drawing them…they have credibility under their wing…if i remember right people were calling Leslie Frazer one of the top defensive coordinator in the league a couple years ago….singletary is our linebackers coach i cant think of a better coach for that position….you made it sound as if sunday is all on the coaches

  53. By caliviking88 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    i think quick so you gotta be quick wit it Donny P if you wanna debate with me…..im defending my team til the end..i dont care how long you been a vikings fan.

  54. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Calvi, save your breath.

  55. By Are there any real fans on this site anymore? on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    It was a great game! Vikings showed up when it mattered, the second half, thats where they struggled last season. Open your biased eyes people its a WIN!

  56. By vikingbob136 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I almost cried when Robert Smith retired so early. I know that A.P. can’t run forever
    so enjoy him every week because he will be retired one day too. He will have 14000 career rushing yards and be an automatic HOFer.He’s a legend like Brady is.
    It hurt to admit that.

  57. By sandiamond on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Bring on Luck!
    cb jefferson avail next week secondary gets stronger

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000060073/article/andrew-luck-up-and-down-in-indianapolis-colts-debut?module=HP11_headline_stack

  58. By Troutdaddy on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    For those who are criticizing Ponder- WAKE UP, he completed 20 of 27. Just because he didn’t throw a touchdown doesn’t mean diddley. He got the win, what are you whining for? If you wany to complain, then do it against the play calling the first half. They finally let Ponder loose to throw it more the second half and he did great. He seemed a little shackled at first, but got into his groove and he did what was needed and more. @Smileystar and Don Powers- what a bunch of grumpy fans. I say cheer louder! Here is a quote for you, “I’ve upped my attitude, now up yours!”

  59. By dee jay born on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    It was good to see 2 safeties on the field at the same time play decent.Much impressed by Harrison Smith and Mistral Raymond (for this game at least).it was a good start though.ALSO good game by the O-line all across the board

  60. By RichardA1 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Smith was outstanding. like AP, then he just decided to retire, dang.

  61. By vikingsfan1955 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I have said before that first game that we have to give the team a chance and they proved me right. yes there was rust and it was shaken off but that said we usually find a was to lose and no matter what we found a way to win and to me thats big. Ap, harvin, harvin,te’s rookies ponder good game and that said good game all players. This was not just the kicker winning it took ponder gathering himself, ap pounding, harvin making plays, good d like the rookie from nd knocking down the pass and stopping them in overtime.I see we have all the knives we need to cut up teams in the nfl we just have to sharpen then some more we are contenders not matter what viking fan disagreess

  62. By viking181164 on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    everyone changed what they really were going to type….they got lucky..coming weeks will tell us how good they’re coched and play…seondary is a big problem for this team thats a rookie qb on the other side and this is jax..

  63. By celticvikingwarrior on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Gabbert is not a rookie QB, he is the same as Ponder, a second year player that was MUCH more highly rated than Ponder coming out who despite what h.m.g. has to spew has a great deal of talent.
    “Jax” had a top 10 rated “D” last year in every major category, and they do have a few offensive weapon’s….

  64. By ANOTHER RECORD! on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Overshadowed by Adrian, Harvin set a team record for most combined net yards (192) in a season opener. He also became the fifth player in franchise history to reach 100 career kickoff returns.

  65. By derp on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Gabbert is so over rated, or at least was when coming out, even mel Kiper saw into the BS partially. he said “I’m not buying into Gabbert… …I think he’s shaky. You realize he completed only 38 percent of his throws 15+ yards downfield? And… 44 percent on 3rd down, with 6 td and 5 ints? You know what Andrew Luck was on third down last year? 71percent. “

  66. By derp on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder’s weaknesses last year were only inability to go through progressions, and confidence with offense, but with NFL lockout that is not surprising. Elite at throwing on the run, great running ability, near elite with short passing accuracy, ideal for a west coast offense. Decision making was a problem but that is highly related to NFL lockout and making reads of progressions.

  67. By Bishop on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Jags defense was #6 overall last year. We still scored 26 on them even though the offensive playcalling was horrible for almost the entire first half. I am very pleased with our progress over last year even if it was just our first game.

  68. By viking181164 on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    still thinking bush league refs going to hurt teams..better get the other idiots back really soon..

  69. By 72viktul on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    i think we need to throw more on first down wether it be play action or drop back so we are not so predictable have more imaganation on offence period on dfence play better position take better angles to the ball especialy in pass corverge

  70. By viking181164 on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    woohoo we just won the superbowl

  71. By Guy on Sep 11, 2012 | Reply

    Robert Smith is a class act always has been also my favorite viking i am very happy for ap he also is a class act!

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