How touching. Less than an hour before Adrian took the field on Oct. 13, he sent out a text explaining how suiting up for the game would both honor his tragically slain son and also help him begin to heal.
It’s an emotional day for Adrian Peterson — his first football game since his two-year-old son died on Oct. 11 after being brutally beaten. But in an unbelievably heartfelt, emotional message, the grieving athlete explained why playing was the best choice for him, his family, and his late son.
Adrian Peterson Explains Why He Decided To Play
A.P. really let his emotions out in a text message sent to Laura Okmin of Fox Sports, in which he explained that playing was the best way to honor his son, who is in a better place, and how suiting up would help him find peace after the tragedy.
My brother passed the night before the combine and I decided to go through with it. The same reason why I will play this week. You may ask why? God wants good to come from it… We mourn and grieve but heaven had the baddest welcoming party for my son. That knowledge gives me peace. I’m still hurt and feel the pain of life, but I’m able to function because of the peace and joy of knowing my loved ones are in a much better place.
All things considered, Adrian’s outlook is astonishing and truly inspirational. There’s no doubt that he’s a much stronger person than we are.
Adrian Peterson Honors His Son By Playing
As promised, Adrian took the field with his Minnesota Vikings teammates on Oct. 13 to play the Carolina Panthers. With all the emotion he is bringing into the game, and the idea that he is honoring his slain son with his performance, we would not want to be a member of the Panthers defense going against him today.
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— Andrew Gruttadaro