Rush by rush, the ageless Adrian Peterson does not seem to be slowing down.
With his one-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Peterson moved past Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown and into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time rushing touchdowns list. The 13th-year veteran has now rushed for 107 scores.
Lined up in an I-formation, Peterson took quarterback Case Keenum's hand-off and barreled into the wall of Cowboys defenders, ultimately ending up in the end zone to put the Redskins ahead, 7-0.
“It just continues to show me how blessed I am,” Peterson said postgame. “I’ve had the opportunity to talk to [Brown] on several occasions, and just to look in his eyes when I’m talking to him, that alone is just motivating to me.”
Since signing with Washington last August, Peterson served as the bell cow for the Washington offense, tallying his eighth-career 1,000-yard rushing season in 2018. During his time with the Redskins, the seven-time Pro Bowler has passed Pro Football Hall of Famers Shaun Alexander, Marshall Faulk, Redskins legend John Riggins and now Brown to slide into fifth place all-time in career rushing touchdowns.
After being inactive last week, which frustrated many of his teammates, Peterson moved on and just focused on the Cowboys. Not surprising to anyone he acted as a true professional, which many of his teammates admired.
“He stepped up as a leader, he stepped up as a man, he stepped up as a ballplayer, as a teammate,” wide receiver Paul Richardson said of Peterson. “He came out and put all that stuff behind him and left it off the field. He came out and he performed for us and I appreciate that.”
Peterson’s next target? Walter Payton, who has found the end zone 110 times.