Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson has lofty goals, but none is loftier than Emmitt Smith's NFL career rushing record. The reigning league MVP said he expects to pass Smith during the 2017 season and even has a date in mind.

PictureAdrian Peterson is eyeing Emmitt Smith Rushing Record
Peterson, 28, rushed for 2,097 yards last season, eight yards fewer than Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105. His goal for this season is to reach 2,500 yards. 

As for Emmitt Smith's mark of 18,355 yards, Peterson told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he can get there by Week 16 of the 2017 season, well ahead of his current pace of Week 4 of 2019. 

Peterson currently has 8,849 yards. By his estimate, he would need to average 120.3 yards per game over a 79-game span to collect the 9,507 yards needed. 

"Whoo. That's pushing it, huh? But hey, pushing it is the only way to do it. You know it," he told the Star-Tribune.