Posted December 01, 2013

Adrian Peterson becomes the 3rd fastest player to 10,000 rushing yards

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Adrian Peterson has rushed for 997 yards this season entering into Sundays game. (Adam Bettcher / Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson ran for 211 yards on 35 carries in Sunday’s game. (Adam Bettcher / Getty Images)

Adrian Peterson has reached the 10,000 rushing yard milestone faster than all but two players in NFL history.

Peterson reached the benchmark with a fourth quarter run against the Chicago Bears on Sunday in his 101st game. Eric Dickerson needed 91 games to get to 10,000 yards and Jim Brown did it in 98 games. Peterson finished the day with 211 yards on 35 carries in Minnesota’s 23-20 overtime win.

When asked about the accomplishment before the game, Peterson said that he would be in “really good company” if he reached the milestone, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Minnesota Vikings’ running back is also the sixth youngest to reach 10,000 yards, at the age of 28 years and 255 days. Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders holds the record for youngest to 10,000 at 27 years and 147 days.

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