In a follow up to ESPN’s Ben Goessling’s tweets regarding Adrian Peterson’s thoughts of retiring from football, now comes word that if Peterson really does retire, he’s thinking about taking a run at the Olympics … literally. But Peterson has also talked about getting back into the Texas real estate business he’s already involved in.
In addition to his plans to file a lawsuit against the NFL, Goessling reports that Peterson has expressed interest in going after his dream of competing in the Olympic 200- and 400-meter dashes. He says that based on the way Peterson bounced back from ACL surgery and then almost broke the NFL rushing record, there’s no reason to think he couldn’t realistically qualify.
Goessling goes on to say that while Peterson was still at the peak of his game before he was suspended, if he retires from football it wouldn’t necessarily be an early retirement since the average career for an NFL running back is less than three years. And when you combine this being Peterson’s eighth season with the fact that he turns 30 before the 2015 season, the odds of him producing at a high level aren’t all that good.
But Peterson doesn’t agree, saying “I don’t see why it would be the case. I see me being a better player than I was.” If he plays next season with the Vikings, his salary will count $15 million against the team’s cap. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out!