NFL Fans Treated To History

Adrian PetersonOn a night where the biggest game of the season took place, another match made noise of its own.

During the Minnesota and San Diego contest Sunday, a rookie running back rewrote the record books.

Viking’s rusher Adrian Peterson set the NFL single-game running record of 296 yards to lead his team to a 35-17 victory over the Chargers. Who?

Exactly. A first year player beat out the likes of Jamal Lewis, Corey Dillon, Walter Payton and even O.J. Simpson by carrying 30 times throughout the game to out run his predecessors. Peterson also scored three touchdowns in the process.

Also on top of this amazing feat, the Viking running back accomplished what no other rookies has ever done: Rush over 200 yards twice in one season.

Oh, it doesn’t stop there. Peterson also reached 1,036 yards rushing this season, which puts him on pace that would defeat Eric Dickerson’s rookie record of 1,808 yards set in 1983. Not to mention that Dickerson’s all-time record of 2,105 yards in 1984 is also in reach.

I set my bar high, because I know anything is possible when you continue to work hard,” Peterson said.

Chargers CromartieIt’s also interesting to note that Peterson did all this while playing in the same game as arguably one of the league’s best running backs in LaDainian Tomlinson, who passed Jim Brown for the fourth place on the NFL’s all-time rushing touchdowns lead with 107 tonight.

If you think only Vikings fans got something to tell the grandkids, think again.

The Chargers had their own record setting bragging rights as well.

During the last play of the first half, Chargers’ cornerback Antonio Cromartie returned a missed field goal for a touchdown. The run was an NFL record as it was the longest play in league history at an astonishing 109 yards.

Not bad in a losing cause.

Considering the fact that this game took place on a special football night, it was a great under-card match up to the Patriots-Colts contest.

And it was a historic game to boot.

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2 Responses

  1. Not bad in a losing effort? they got blown out by an inferior team with only one offensive weapon to speak of.

    also when you said…. “who?”

    are you kidding me?

    adrian fucking peterson?

    second in heisman voting as a freshman at Oklahoma… the guy who would’ve entered the NFL draft out of high school if Maurice Clarrett had won his court case.

    the guy was pro in college.

    may I suggest you learn about a man named Darren McFadden. he’ll be breaking this record in the not too distant future. maybe then you won’t have to ask who he is.

  2. He is a who when compared to the other names mentioned above, at least for now. He may have made a name for himself in college, but that doesn’t always guarantee immediate recognition in the NFL. Of course now, he is getting attention especially after this record.

    No one could have predicted he would set this record, and least of all, he’s a rookie. Whether if he’s a high profile rookie or not, he’s still a who to the average football fan when they first glance at this record setting game.

    It’s like Patrick Kane in the NHL. He was drafted first overall, but who would have predicted that he’s leading rookie scoring, and leading Blackhawks scoring? To the average hockey fan, if you told them that, they would say have to think twice before they realize who Kane is. And same could have been said for Leclaire of the BlueJackets even though he’s not even a rookie. 5 shutouts already?

    It’s the rising of a star and their sudden accomplishments that makes people want to know more. Peterson is still a rookie, a good one all be it, but he wasn’t labeled to achieve this record in his first year, hence the who.

    As for not bad in a losing effort. Having Tomlinson and Cromartie both make history on the defeated side is what I’m trying to get at. I’m not talking about how they got owned as a team, I’m talking about their individual accomplishments in the game. It has nothing to do with the ‘L’ as it has to do with the records both these guys set in a losing cause.

    Hosea C

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