Thursday, October 31, 2013
Adrian Peterson heads home to Texas
By Ben Goessling
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Last December, when Adrian Peterson traveled to Houston for the Vikings' game against the Texans, he got requests for more than 100 tickets from family and friends. Peterson lives in Houston in the offseason, and he was returning to Texas for a regular-season game for the first time since his rookie season in 2007.
But Peterson grew up in Palestine, Texas, just under two hours southeast of Dallas. He rooted for the Cowboys as they won championships in the early 1990s and attended one game at Texas Stadium as the guest of a local reporter as a junior in high school. This homecoming, then, might mean more -- and might be in higher demand. Peterson said he's only got 62 tickets for this year's game.
"Everybody's not going to be able to make this trip," he said. "But it's still a lot, and it will be fun."
Peterson said his favorite players as a kid were Michael Irvin, Jay Novacek, Deion Sanders and of course Emmitt Smith, whose career rushing record Peterson hopes to break one day.
"Just [a] smart player, always ran hard," Peterson said. "He had an incredible offensive line, but he was so smooth when he ran."
There will be one major difference between this game and the Texans game last December, though; Peterson can't guarantee his whole family will be rooting for his team this time.
"My whole family [is] Cowboy fans. I have family that’s going to root for the Cowboys this weekend, and I understand that," Peterson said. "I don’t really get into it that much. Some of them, I’m sure they’re going to root for me as well, but if the Cowboys win, that’s what they’re going to be hoping for."
The 2012 NFL MVP also said the hamstring injury that has been bothering him for several weeks is mostly healed, adding an MRI showed no damage to his leg or his knee.
"Before then I didn’t know what was going on. Was something torn? You guys know how your mind can do you at times," Peterson said. "Just having that security after getting the results back, I was able to play a lot better [Sunday against Green Bay] than I had the past two weeks."