Smith rushed for 18,355 yards in a career and Peterson is third among active rushers with 9,420.
"It would mean a lot, taking it as I grew up a Cowboys fan and a fan of Emmitt’s and what he has done in this league," said Peterson, whose Vikings visit the Cowboys on Sunday. "It would mean a lot. "I haven’t had any conversation with him about breaking that record at all. But God willing in the future, we’ll be able to sit down and talk about it."
Peterson, a native from Palestine, Texas, will play his second game against the Cowboys. In Peterson's rookie season, 2007, he rushed 12 times for 63 yards and one touchdown at the now demolished Texas Stadium.
So Peterson will now make his first appearance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
"Oh yeah, man, it’s always good to come back and play in your home state, where I played my high school ball," Peterson said. "It’s so close to home. Palestine is like an hour and change away. So it’s a totally different feel, a different fan base when I go there. It’ll be a lot of Cowboys fans that’ll be cheering for me as well. So I’m looking forward to that."