We’ve been mentioning for several weeks now that DE Jared Allen is closing in on his 100th career sack. There’s another Vikings superstar on the other side of the ball who is closing in on a historic record himself, and that, too, is more than deserving of our attention in the weeks ahead.
The best RB in the NFL – Adrian Peterson – is approaching the Vikings all-time rushing mark. Robert Smith is currently the Vikings all-time rushing leader with 6,818 yards, a mark he set while starring for the Vikings from 1993-2000. After his 175-yard output on Sunday against Green Bay, Peterson is now just 324 yards behind Smith’s mark.
Peterson averages 95.5 rushing yards per game over his career and 101.7 rushing yards per game in 2011, meaning he is on pace to break Smith’s mark in 4 games. If Peterson stays on that pace, he’ll become the Vikings all-time rushing leader on November 27, when the Vikings travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons.
What’s impressive about Peterson’s pursuit of the Vikings all-time rusher mark is how quickly he’s gotten to this point. It took Smith 98 games to set the record at 6,818, and it took Chuck Foreman 93 games to set the previous all-time record of 5,879. Prior to Foreman setting the record, Bill Brown was the club’s all-time leader with 5,757 yards in 180 games. If Peterson keeps his pace, he’ll break Smith’s record in his 72nd career game. Another impressive caveat is that Peterson has 60 rushing TDs to go along with his yardage totals, while Foreman and Brown finished with 52 each and Smith had 32.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Bill Brown, Chuck Foreman, Robert Smith
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Although it’s not even certain the Vikings will stand pat with the #12 pick in the 1st round of Thursday’s NFL draft, let’s take a look at the history of the 12th overall pick and see what kind of player the Vikings might be able to find.
The last 5 years of the 12th pick has been quite impressive. The best of that bunch was taken back in 2006, when the Baltimore Ravens tabbed DT Haloti Ngata with the 12th pick. After that, though, the names don’t regress much. RB Marshawn Lynch went to the Bills in that slot during the 2007 draft, OT Ryan Clady to the Broncos in 2008, RB Knowshon Moreno to the Broncos in 2009 and in 2010 RB Ryan Mathews was the pick for San Diego.
If you go back further in history, impressive names remain. LBs Shawne Merriman (2005) and Jonathan Vilma (2004) are relatively recent picks, while QB Joe Namath (1965) and Vikings legend RB Chuck Foreman (1973) represent names from the past. Other impressive names include Shaun Ellis in 2000, Warrick Dunn in 1997, Warren Sapp in 1995, Trace Armstrong in 1989 and Clay Matthews in 1978.
I’ve compiled the full list of 12th overall picks in the NFL since the Vikings inception in 1961; you can view the list by clicking here.
Tags: 2011 NFL Draft, Chuck Foreman
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