Anytime you see a purple and gold jersey on ESPN it is more than likely a highlight on a play made by this guy. He’s a running back for the Minnesota Vikings and he is making some noise this season. Since he entered the NFL as a first round pick from Oklahoma in 2007 he has shown what he is capable of and he has in no way lost his touch in the years since then. You can tell that he is the kind of player that plays for records and legacy because his hard work is evident when he lights it up on the field. Peterson leads the NFL with 1,812 rushing yards, and is averaging over 129 yards through 14 games. Today the Vikings take on the Packers and Adrian has more on his mind than just a win. Since his rookie season he has put up some impressive numbers but he has had his eyes set one particular thing since being drafted.
Eric Dickerson was a running back for the L.A. Rams from 1983-1987. In this amount of time Dickerson made a name for himself. He established rookie records for most rushing attempts (390), most rushing yards gained (1,808) and most touchdowns rushing (18), including another two receiving touchdowns. His efforts earned him All-Pro, Pro Bowl, Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors. In the following season, Dickerson continued to cover NFL record book with his name. He started by becoming a member of the 2000 rushing yards club and twelve times in 1984 he gained more than 100 yards rushing, breaking the record of 100-yard games in a season held by O. J. Simpson. His 2,105 total yards rushing beat Simpson’s 1973 NFL season record of 2,003 yards (Dickerson having reached 2,007 yards after 15 games), but since the NFL expanded the regular season from 14 to 16 games in 1978, Dickerson had the benefit of playing in two additional games. No one has since rushed for more yards in a single NFL season. Dickerson’s 5.6 yards per carry led the Rams to a playoff berth in 1984. And his single-season rushing record has stood since then but Adrian Peterson is looking to put his name on this piece of football history.
First Dickerson and now Peterson. The game of football is evolving but it take players like this to get the game moving. Eric Dickerson brought the game of a running back to a whole new level when he set these records, but there is a chance that Adrian Peterson could extend these records and make a new goal for every running back in the NFL. The term, “Second Adam” is used in many biblical circles to refer to Jesus. Adam, was the first created man and he was the one who started our bloodline. This gave us physical life. Jesus came next, but he came to give eternal life, an everlasting bloodline. From this Jesus is called the Second Adam. In the first chapters of Genesis we see that Adam was a pioneer. He learned to work the ground, keep the animals and provide for a wife. He set a new standard for mankind. When Jesus came to earth he was a little different. As His life went on he blew all of Adam’s records out of the water. He not only provided for one person, he fed five thousand with a boy’s small lunch and he satisfied the hunger for salvation for all of those who believe. He not only knew how to work the land, he commanded the waves and they obeyed. Jesus took mankind by the wrists and pulled him forward. He showed us how we should live and through Him we found that the Father was closer to us than we knew. Jesus came as the Second Adam and covered the record book in His loving, blood-stained name. Jesus was more than Adam could ever be and at this fact Adam surrendered his records. Jesus was the perfect player, our Heavenly Coach took Him off of the bench and sent Him in so that through Him we could have record-smashing victory.