Adrian Peterson has his sights on Emmitt Smith's NFL career rushing record and said he expects to break the mark in 2017 even circling a date on the NFL calendar as to when he'll accomplish the feat.

Peterson 28 finished just eight yards shy of Eric Dickerson's single season rushing record (2105) last season when he rushed for 2097 yards and has said his goal is to reach 2500 yards in 2013.

But he also has targeted Smith's record of 18355 yards and told the Star-Tribune that he expects to break the record in Week 16 of the 2017 season even though his current pace would have him approaching the mark in Week 4 of the 2019 season.

Peterson currently stands at 8849 yards. His estimate would mean it would take him 79 games to rush for the 9507 yards needed to set the all-time rushing mark which would require him to average 120.3 yards per game over that span.

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

If Peterson does become the NFL's all-time leading rusher he'll make history in another category as well.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau Smith currently holds the record for most rushing yards after a player's 28th birthday with 8195 meaning Peterson would shatter that mark if he vaults atop the all-time rushing list.