Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has insisted that he is not worried about his advancing years as he looks to become the first player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons.
Peterson fell just nine yards short of breaking the single-season NFL record for rushing yards last season, making 2,097 yards to claim the league's MVP award.
With a previous ACL injury and increasing age, it remains to be seen whether the 28-year-old can replicate that success in the upcoming season, but he is eager not to let negative thoughts about his age enter his mind as he looks to make NFL history.
"I feel like me not realizing that helps me. Me not thinking about, 'Well, my clock is starting to tick, getting older and older.' That's not doing nothing but hurting me," Peterson told The Star Tribune.
"So I'm thinking in my mind that each year I'm getting younger. Any way I can look at it with the most positive view that's going to help me, that's the way I'm looking at it."
Peterson's season will start with the Vikings making a trip to the Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions.