The Texas native, Adrian Peterson, expressed in the past his desire to one day play in one of the two teams located in the Lone Star State. His ambition may come true if his current team, the Minnesota Vikings, decide to release him when he’s off of his suspension from the NFL.
Peterson grew up playing his football in Palestine; a small East Texas town which praises Peterson’s accomplishments at his alma mater Palestine High School.
As you walk into the high school’s front foyer, a glass case is filled with plaques of his state track, and of course, his football achievements. If a spectator happened to catch a Friday night game in Palestine, the stadium would be filled with the school’s colors, maroon and black, but another color could be spotted in the stands, the Viking purple.
Kids of all ages could be seen running around the stadium football in hand, juking back and forth between other friends with the same “Peterson” on the back.
However, when news broke earlier this season of his arrest for abusing his four-year old son, the NFL, which was already in an uproar over the domestic violence case between Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then fiancé had to take action.
The league commissioner, Roger Goodell, suspended him for two games. It seemed reasonable at the time, but then pictures of his son’s thighs were released, bruised, swollen and bloodied. Peterson was later suspended for the rest of the season in light of the severity of his son’s injuries.
To this day, Peterson will tell you it’s how he was raised. His mother and father would take a switch to his behind to discipline him.
In a statement to the press, Peterson wrote:
“But deep in my heart I have always believed I could have been one of those kids that was lost in the streets without the discipline instilled in me by my parents and other relatives,” he wrote. “I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.”
The city Peterson grew up in was more than supportive.
“It’s something that’s done within the framework of the home,” said Jerry Mayo, who served as Palestine’s superintendent when Peterson was in school. “The home and how they treat each [child] is each person’s take. I know some homes have a lot stronger opinions about disciplines and how it’s handled.”
His town may support him, but does his current team care to keep him in Minnesota?
Recent news from multiple reports state Peterson recently asked for a trade to play for Dallas. However, ESPN reporter Josina Anderson halted such a rumor after she reported Peterson did in fact not ask for a trade to Dallas.
On April 15, Peterson will be reinstated to play in the NFL. Rick Spielman, general manager for the Vikings, and second-year head coach Mike Zimmer have yet to speak with Peterson about his future as a Viking. Not because they don’t want him, but because they cannot speak with him until his reinstatement date.
“I believe that Adrian will be back,” Zimmer said to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. “The only way he’s going anywhere else is if he doesn’t play, or we cut him or trade him. If he plays, we plan on having him play for the Vikings, but I do respect Adrian enough to sit down and talk to him about his future in Minnesota.”
Dallas’ owner/general manager Jerry Jones said in an interview with 105.3 The Fan Dallas/Ft. Worth he has not spoken with or exchanged any information with Peterson.
“We don’t want to get into hypotheticals in any way,” Jones said. “As a matter of fact that’s called ‘get busted’ in the NFL to be talking about somebody else’s player.”
Jones will surely be in the ear of Spielman until April 15, and if the rumor is possibly true, Peterson could have a star on his helmet next season.