Sep 28, 2013; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) at the NFL on Regent Street block party in advance of the NFL International Series game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Peterson gave pre-game speech to Vikings before Panthers game (Video)


Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson had to deal with a tragic set of circumstances before the game Sunday game against the Carolina Panthers. Peterson’s son died after being abused by the boyfriend of his mother on Friday.

Peterson made the tough decision to play and be with his teammates and said being around his teammates was something he needed.

“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.”

So before the Vikings took the field on Sunday, Adrian Peterson addressed his teammates.

“I love you guys. I’m about to wild out for four quarters for you guys. I ask you guys to the same. I know you guys can do the same. Lets go out here and get this ‘W.’”

The Vikings weren’t able to get the win however, they lost 35-10. Adrian Peterson carried the ball 10 times for 62 yards.


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  • Daniel Laxen

    So much for AP the motivator?