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A horrendous tragedy is affecting one of the NFL’s biggest stars. The likely No. 1 overall pick, Adrian Peterson, missed practice earlier this week due to a tragedy in the family, which turned out to be the violent beating of his two-year-old son.
Police said Peterson’s son was beaten by the mother’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Joseph Patterson, who is now being held on $750,000 bail in connection with the assault. Patterson is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant.
Adrian Peterson’s son later died on Friday, but Peterson will play in Sunday’s game against the Panthers.
“I’m able to release a lot of stress through sports,” Peterson told reporter Sean Jensen on Thursday. “I really appreciate all the support from fans and the Vikings. I ask y’all respect my privacy.”
Coach Leslie Frazier confirmed the news publicly on Friday.
How will this affect Peterson’s status moving forward?
Well, one has to imagine that his son’s death will be the only thing on his mind. Other athletes have had incredible games on the heels of family tragedies.
Here are a couple examples:
Brett Favre, Dec. 22, 2003: Favre played one day after his father died of a heart attack or stroke, passing for four touchdowns (all in the first half) and 399 total yards in a 41-7 win over the Raiders on Monday Night Football.
“I knew that my dad would have wanted me to play. I love him so much and I love this game. It’s meant a great deal to me, to my dad, to my family, and I didn’t expect this kind of performance. But I know he was watching tonight,” Favre said after the game.
Matt Cassel, Dec. 14, 2008: Playing just six days after the death of his father, Cassel passed for four touchdowns in a 49-26 win over yes…the Raiders.
What does this all say? Not sure. Adrian Peterson isn’t Matt Cassel or Brett Favre. But, I would probably place bets at william hill or Las Vegas that Peterson has another standout performance.