AP: I'm hoping the way I play inspires youngsters. With that, we'll produce the next generation of great backs. They'll have to put us in the game plan and give us our reps.
When you came off the field against the Packers in Week 17, did you think you had broken Eric Dickerson's single-season record?
AP: No, because they would have told me immediately. But I didn't know I was nine yards short. That stunned me at first. When I got lifted up [on my teammates' shoulders], I was just happy we were in field goal range.
Do you think you can break it next year?
AP: I feel I'll cruise past it.
What's your goal for next season?
AP: I set the mark at 2,500.
Did anyone trash-talk you when you were going for the rushing record?
AP: Yeah, especially St. Louis. Eric Dickerson called to try to pump those guys up. They were talking so much trash. And I'm like an assassin on the field—that's what I call myself on the field, the assassin—because I don't really say much when I play.
Were they able to bait you at all?