That's pretty old for a football player. It's really old for a running back, a position that has turned players on the wrong side of 30 into an endangered species. What does that make running backs over 35? The woolly mammoth? The dodo bird? The Pyrenean ibex?
(OK, I just Googled "most famous extinct animals." What of it!)
Now we're not going to sit in front of a laptop and dismiss the aspirations of Adrian Freaking Peterson. This is guy who once tore up his knee in December, then ran for 2,000 yards the following season. The man's intestinal fortitude is well proven.
But since we're here, let's see what Peterson, now 32 years old, is up against historically. We can do that thanks to the stone-cold killers over in the NFL Media Research Department (NFLMRD -- pronounced nef-el-merd). Let's dig in ...
Most Carries: Marcus Allen -- 206 in 1996
Most Rush Yards: Marcus Allen -- 830 in 1996
Most Rush TD: Marcus Allen -- 9 in 1996
Thoughts: The Marcus Allen Gets Revenge On Al Davis Tour was one of my favorite slabs of '90s beef. Also worth considering: If Allen was utilized as much as his skill-set deserved during the second half of his Raiders career, would he have had anything left in the tank by the time he got to Kansas City?
Most Carries: Marcus Allen -- 124 in 1997
Most Rush Yards: Marcus Allen -- 505 in 1997
Most Rush TD: Marcus Allen -- 11 in 1997
Thoughts: There's that man again. Allen quit football after that age-37 season, got inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, took a few stabs as an analyst and popped up as a key subject in at least one prominent O.J. Simpson documentary (which, I'm sure, he was thrilled about).
Most Carries: Lorenzo Neal -- 12 in 2008
Most Rush Yards: Tony Richardson -- 48 in 2009
Most Rush TD: Jim Thorpe -- 2 in 1926
Notes: Welcome to uncharted territory. Oh, hi Jim Thorpe.
In summation: If Adrian Peterson can be a productive running back five years from now, Marcus Allen will be the only company he'll share. The odds are against Peterson, but again, I'm not in the doubting All Day business.