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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