Adrian Peterson: "I Do a Good Job Holding Onto the Ball"

Adrian Peterson, during an appearance on behalf of the Special Olympics (they have really great bowlers I’m told), spoke about the fumbling problem that reared its head for him during the 2008 season:

When I watched the film, it really wasn’t the guys, the blows they were hitting [me with]. It was me being careless with the ball, trying to go the extra yard. Get to the end zone, because that’s my mindset. There’s so many things I can work on. Fumbling the ball, that’s not my main concern at all. I do a good job holding onto the ball. I guess you could argue from last year, but that’s definitely not my main concern.

I’m glad Adrian’s not concerned about fumbling the ball, because getting concerned about it will only cause him to fumble more.  The only way for him to get past the whole fumbling thing is to think exactly the way he says he’s thinking.  Of course, there’s always the chance he is concerned about fumbling, and is only saying he’s not because he thinks he’s supposed to.  This crap is why I wish I’d gotten into sports psychology.  I’d have 8 Porsches by now, one for every day of the week and an extra just for the hell of it.

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