Adrian Peterson says he has thought about finishing his career for the Dallas Cowboys

Adrian Peterson is an institution for the Minnesota Vikings, quickly becoming arguably the most recognizable figure in the history of the franchise.

Yet, in a moment of honesty, Peterson said he has thought about the possibility of finishing his career in his home state of Texas, with the Dallas Cowboys.

"You know, I'd be a liar if I said it's something that hasn't crossed my mind before," Peterson said on ESPN Radio, via Fox Sports Southwest. "But I've also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that. But being from Texas, I've always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home. Or to play in Houston."

Minnesota fans probably don't love hearing that one.

Now this probably means nothing. There's a lot of factors that would have to line up for Peterson, the reigning NFL MVP, to land with the Cowboys near the end of his career. And it's not binding that Peterson, who is from Palestine, Texas, said he has thought about playing for the team he grew up rooting for and honestly answered a question about it. And he understands the value of spending his entire career with the Vikings, judging by his quote.

For now it's just idle chatter. Peterson is just 28 and it'll be a while before him playing for another team is a real possibility. But who knows, maybe at some point the stars will align and Peterson will pull a reverse Emmitt Smith, and play a couple of years at the end of his Hall of Fame career in Dallas.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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