by Justin Bell
The Story of Adrian Peterson
How do you come back to the game you love after being kicked out for something in your personal life? Adrian Peterson, an NFL running back, was born on March 21, 1985, in Palestine, Texas. He has overcome childhood tragedy to become a star running back for the NFL Minnesota, Vikings. He has played for the Vikings for all seven years of his NFL career and has set numerous personal and NFL records.
Peterson’s childhood tragedy started when he was seven, he watched as his older brother Brian was killed by a drunk driver. Six years later at the age of 13 his dad was arrested for money laundering related to drugs. Peterson said that he experienced anger, but learned to control it through sports. Even in his adult life he is followed by tragedy. In October of 2013 his two year old son died of alleged abuse by Joseph Robert Patterson. Shortly after in September of 2014 he had been charged of reckless or negligent injury to a child, which was his four year old son. He eventually reached a plea deal with a Texas court that resulted in a fine and community service with no jail time.
Peterson’s career has led to many personal records for him, as well as some NFL records. Within his first eight weeks of being in the NFL he had already set the NFL single-game record with 296 rushing yards. He finished his first season with 1,341 rushing yards, twelve touchdowns and was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the year. His personal record is 2,097 rushing yards and eighteen touchdowns in one season. His career total points are 548 and will continue to grow this oncoming season.
Minnesota Viking player Adrian Peterson playing in their second pre-season game.
Adrian Peterson and his wife, Ashley Brown Peterson are seen walking out of the U.S. Courthouse in Palestine Texas.
Minnesota Vikings Sharing a Stadium With the Golden Gophers?
How would you like to have to share a football stadium with a college football team? Well that is what it will be like for the Minnesota Vikings this season. Minneapolis, Minnesota was founded in 1849, and has a population of 2,792,137. The land originally belonged to the Sioux tribe. It is the third most literate city in the entire United States, eighty two percent of people ages twenty five and over have graduated high school.
This year the Minnesota Vikings will be sharing a stadium with Minneapolis’ Golden Gophers. The Vikings are currently in the process of building their new stadium and therefore have no other place to play. They will be playing at the TCF Bank Stadium, it is horseshoe-shaped and cost $303.3 million to build. The stadium opened on September 2, 2009 and has a capacity of 50,300 but can be expanded to 80,000. It is also the smallest stadium in the NFL by seating standards.
The state of Minnesota is also home to St. Anthony Falls, St. Anthony Falls is the only true waterfall on the entire Mississippi River. Minneapolis has over 20 lakes, and is known for biking. The city is also known for having up to 10,000 bikers per day and is said to have some of the best bike safety in the country. With over 5,000 acres of park it is ranked one of the best in the country for parks. The honey crisp apple was also invented at the University of Minneapolis.