Adrian Peterson Will Attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner


Feb. 2, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson walks the red carpet prior to the Super Bowl XLVII NFL Honors award show at Mahalia Jackson Theater. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The annual White House Correspondents’ dinner has become this weird sort of Washington freakshow where celebrities, athletes and politicians all rub shoulders for no good reason except to be able to say that they rubbed shoulders.

Oh and of course the president is there, so that makes it a big deal.

The only way to get in to this highly exclusive event, if you’re not actually a politician or media member yourself, is to score a place at one of the media tables. Each year, various media outlets will invite folks from the worlds of show biz and sports to sit at their table, turning the evening into this competition to see who can have the most star power around them.

Athletes are always highly sought-after guests for this thing, for obvious jock-sniffing reasons. And this year, Adrian Peterson will be among the jocks being sniffed. He has been invited by Thomson-Reuters to sit at their table.

Per Vanity Fair, Peterson will be joined at the Thomson-Reuters table by Colts QB Andrew Luck and his father Oliver. U.S. Ambassador to Israel Ron Dermer, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox, actors Andrew O’Donnell, Madeleine Stowe and Darren Criss, former Jill Biden assistant Courtney O’Donnell and political strategist Jeremy Bird will also be seated with that group.

Sounds like a recipe for a fun evening?

If Adrian decides to hob-nob a little, he’ll have a chance to meet some pretty big stars. Joel McHale of The Soup will be the emcee for the evening, and the guest list will also include Sofia Vergara, Lupita Nyong’o, Armie Hammer, Kristen Bell, Anna Kendrick, Gloria Estefan and Julianna Margulies.

Other NFL stars on the guest list include Cam Newton, Richard Sherman, Tony Romo and Kirk Cousins. I’m assuming Cousins is only there because he’s a Washington guy.

And Lindsey Vonn will be there too, without boyfriend Tiger Woods. Hint hint.

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