Chris didn’t play football of course, he played lacrosse but that didn’t matter.
Chris had a poster of Adrian Peterson in his room with Be The Best on it that he had made himself downloading the image off the web.
Cooking up a little brunch today, the football game was on in the background and Mr. Favre and the Vikings were taking on the Washington Redskins. Just watching Adrian Peterson run the ball I knew more than ever before why Chris admired this guy so much. He’s not the biggest player at just over 6ft, but WOW is he powerful.
But physical power aside, I think it’s his mental toughness and desire that Chris loved so much. Quoting from Wikipedia, Peterson stated upon being drafted by the Vikings, “I’m a player who is coming in with the determination to turn a team around. I want to help my team get to the playoffs, win…and run wild. I want to bring people to the stands. I want people to come to the game to see what I can do next. Things like that can change the whole attitude of an organization. I want to win.”
Hmmm….”I want to win”. Heard that before? Those were Chris’ exact words on his college recruitment video.
This morning Peterson turned several 3 yard runs into 9 and 10 yard runs. He was simply unbelievable. He fought of tackles like a man possessed.
When he drove for a touchdown he looked up and pointed to the skies.
I know he doesn’t know Chris, but I thought, there’s one for you kid. I know Chris would be cheering him on from his lofty box seats.
The game is still in progress and who knows how it will end. The Vikings season isn’t that great (UNDERSTATEMENT!), and I’ll leave the circus surrounding Brett Favre to legitimate NFL commentators.
For me, this game was all about Adrian Peterson.
I just love desire of Adrian Peterson.
I love the fight of Adrian Peterson.
I love the power of Adrian Peterson.
I love the fact that although the season is not going well, the effort is always BE THE BEST!
Even with an injured ankle, you can sense the desire as the guy is like a thoroughbred horse in the starting gates who can just smell the battle and race before him and wants nothing more than to be unleashed.
It reminds me of another athlete I know very well.