Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) on the sidelines in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson releases statement on decision to play


Adrian Peterson has been dealing with some tragic news over the past few days dealing with the tragic and heartbreaking loss of his son. He has decided to play today, referring to football as his sanctuary.

“I’ll be ready to roll, focused. I will be playing Sunday, without a doubt,” Peterson said, via Dave Campbell of the Associated Press.

“Football is something I will always fall back on. It gets me through tough times. Just being around the guys in here, that’s what I need in my life, guys supporting me. … Things that I go through, I’ve said a thousand times, it helps me play this game to a different level. I’m able to kind of release a lot of my stress through this sport, so that’s what I plan on doing.”

In a text message to Laura Okmin that was shown on the NFL Network Adrian Peterson explained his decision to play today.

The message read:

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 live, but I’m able to function because of the peace and joy of knowing my loved ones are in a much better place.

It is hard for anyone not  to pull for Adrian Peterson today after all he has endured.

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