No one has ever accused Adrian Peterson of setting his sights too low. He wants to be the best running back to play the game and continues to strive for a 2,000-yard rushing season.
And when it comes to his quarterback, he isn't settling for just a one-year return from Brett Favre. Peterson wants Favre to come back, play for the Vikings for two more years and win back-to-back Super Bowls.
"I hope he comes back for another year or two, gives us another two years. I think we could win back-to-back Super Bowls," Peterson told OKBlitz.com. "I'd take one. But the talent we have on both sides of the football with Favre – just the talent we have on offense, defense, all phases – I feel like we can go as high as we want."
Last year, the Vikings reached the NFC Championship Game, but they lost 31-28 in overtime to the New Orleans Saints. Both Favre and Peterson made some crucial mistakes in that game, with Peterson fumbling twice, the two of them putting the ball on the ground on a botched handoff exchange and Favre throwing two interceptions, including one that ended the Vikings' final drive of regulation when they were on the verge of field goal position.
Even so, Peterson agreed that Favre had a fun time and a good year. He threw for 4,202 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in the regular season for a career-high 107.2 passer rating. So why wouldn't Favre come back?
"I know. And that's something you think about. But you never know with Favre what he's going to do," Peterson said. "That's good that he didn't take too many big hits throughout the year. The last game he kind of took a couple of big hits to remind him this is what it's all about. But hopefully we can get him back and go on this run again and complete it this time."
Favre won one Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers more than a decade ago, but he seemed motivated to repeat that feat with the Vikings last season. Peterson has always admired Favre's competitiveness, but he also likes his locker-room presence as well.
"Real genuine guy, down to earth," Peterson said of Favre. "He's funny. He could have been a comedian."
Interestingly, Favre will be visiting with a comedian Thursday night. He is scheduled to appear with Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show," but there is no indication if Favre will announce his plans for playing or retiring.
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