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Most running backs have a short shelf life in the NFL, but not Adrian Peterson.
AP is 9 years into his NFL career and is still a dominant force in the league. At the moment, Adrian Peterson is third in the NFL in rushing and on pace for the fifth-best season by a 30-year-old running back in league history.
Peterson has shown no signs on slowing down, and he says at this pace he may be able to play until 40.
Speaking on a conference call with St. Louis reporters, the running back said he thinks he can play 10 more years.
"If God's willing, I'll just be able to walk away from the game at the highest level whenever I decide," Peterson said.
If Adrian Peterson keeps at this pace he will break Emmitt Smith's all time rushing record in 6 years. That may not be enough for Peterson though, as he is looking to put the record out of reach for sure with three more years of play after that.

Do you think Adrian Peterson can play at a high level for 10 more years?

There are a few key issues with his claim. First, one or two more major injuries could derail his career very easily, and the odds of a another major one increase significantly with age. Second, he'll face increasingly stiffer competition from younger, more durable players, which means he likely won't continue to be a top running back for such an extended period of time. Lastly, the Vikings will look to find a replacement for him before he retires, like any good team should, and that means not waiting ten years. If they get good young help at the position, he'll have to accept a steadily decreasing workload, and that's assuming he manages to stave off injury and doesn't rapidly decline like most players do.
Yeah 10 years is pushing it one bad injury like @KyleBerke said can end his career at the top level