Jan 3, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson (28) reacts before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest headline from Adrian Peterson these days has been the announcement that he will be facing off against former NFL RB Le’Veon Bell in a boxing match. But the former NFL MVP, now 37 years old, remains in the final leg of his NFL career.

Despite the celebrity boxing event already in place, Peterson still wants to suit up and run between the tackles in 2022.

“This is something that I definitely can see myself doing going forward as well, just depending on how things kind of play out for me,” Peterson said on Tuesday during a promotional event for the fight, per NFL.com. “But since I’ve started, this is something that I’ll continue to do. I’ll continue to stay in the ring, continue to practice, get my skills right because it’s a different ball game when you step in that square. Fortunately for me, I have some great guys around me that are experienced. My gym in Houston, we have a ring in there. We have a lot of guys sparring all the time, and I’ve had the opportunity in the past to get in there with those guys a couple of times and here recently, obviously, getting ready for the fight.”

“So, even after this fight, I will still be on my same routine, waiting for that next opportunity to present itself.”

While Peterson wants to continue playing in the NFL, his time may be up as I can’t see any team taking chance on a battered running back in a league full of healthier backs that they can plug in.

He was released by the Tennessee Titans and then ended up on the Seahawks practice squad in 2021. The four-time All-Pro running back logged 98 yards and two touchdowns on 38 attempts last year.

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