Coming off a 2,000-yard season in 2009, Titans
running back Chris Johnson
is generally recognized as the top running back in the NFL
running back Adrian Peterson
begs to differ.
In a radio interview with Dan Patrick, Peterson said Johnson is "not faster, stronger, anything."
Peterson went on to say that it's no knock on Johnson. Peterson just happens to think he's the best.
"You've got to understand you're talking to a guy ... that's just the mentality that I have," Peterson said, as transcribed by Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune
. "I have ultimate respect for the guy and he's a heck of a player. I remember at one point and time me talking on the phone to Chris Johnson. He was telling me, 'I'm just a big fan of yours. I like your style.' Some (of the) advice that I gave him was, 'I play this game to be the best player ever to play the game. That's my mentality.'"
Statistically speaking, it's hard to argue for Peterson, at least based on their 2009 output. Johnson had 2,006 rushing yards last season, while Peterson had 1,383. Last year, Johnson was the best running back in football.
But Peterson says he won't change his own opinion that he's the best in the league.
"If you want to be the best running back then you've got to believe it before you can accomplish that," Peterson said. "My mentality doesn't change. I wish everyone the best that they succeed. But ultimately I play this game to be the best and I'm going to work my tail off to accomplish that goal."