Coming off a 2,000-yard season, and setting 2,500 as a realistic goal, Chris Johnson is regarded by many as the NFL’s best running back. The other man often in that conversation — Adrian Peterson — respectfully disagrees with those opinions.
“I say to each his own,” Peterson said during a radio interview Tuesday on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “I play this game to be the best player. And that doesn’t change my mindset at all.”
Patrick asked: “Are you better than Chris?”
“Yes, yeah,” Peterson responded.
“I don’t think anything,” Peterson said next when asked what Johnson does better. “(He’s) not faster, stronger, anything. You’ve got to understand who you’re talking to … that’s just the mentality that I have. I have ultimate respect for the guy, and he’s a heck of a player. I remember at one point and time me talking on the phone to Chris Johnson. He was telling me, ‘I’m just a big fan of yours. This and that. I like your style.’ Some (of the) advice that I gave him was, ‘I play this game to be the best player ever to play the game. That’s my mentality.'”
It’s difficult to fault Peterson for believing he’s the best — that mentality is part of what got him to the NFL in the first place. You can check out the entire interview here.
So let’s bring the debate to you, NFL Nation. Who is the NFL’s best running back?