Almost five months later, the tune hasn't changed. "All Day" is ready to go all day 16 times and remains convinced the current record of 2,105 yards can be blown out of the water by 20 percent.
In an interview with SI.com, Peterson said that a personal goal won't be the focus of his season, but if things play out as he expects them to, "the record will be shattered."
2,500 yards sounds like a goal unattainable, much less in a pass-happy NFL that is the current vintage. But the competitive spirit in Peterson is waiting for the backlash of that statement. He needs motivation to take it to the next level. Unfortunately, he's not going to get it here.
After what he accomplished last season, nobody should be blamed for not believing. Those that ridicule the prediction will have a fresher egg hitting them directly in the face as those who claimed Peterson couldn't return at a high level coming off his 2011 injury.
If A.D. is serving up the Kool Aid, be advised to drink.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.