Adrian Peterson sent a text message to Fox sideline reporter Laura Okmin explaining in poignant terms why he is able to suit up and play so soon after the tragic death of his 2-year-old son. The text reads:
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 pace and joy of knowing my loved ones are in a much better place.
Peterson has suffered more than his share of tragedy in his life. When he was a child he saw his older brother get struck and killed by a drunk driver. In his text to Okmin, he referenced the death of his half-brother via gunshot wound just before the combine. As a teenager, his father was thrown into prison for money laundering.
Nobody will ever question Adrian Peterson’s toughness, desire and will.