MINNEAPOLIS -- Only Adrian Peterson can know the emotions he was dealing with Sunday, playing an NFL game two days after hearing a 2-year-old son had died two days earlier.
Peterson faced reporters on Friday and said he was going to play Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings. The MVP running back never wavered. He was dealing with his grief in his own way.
"I was set on it," Peterson said after Minnesota's 35-10 loss at home to the Carolina Panthers. "I just look at things and I don't ask people to understand my mindset and how I think. Anything bad, I try to take good from it. That's the way I approach life in all situations. I never thought about not playing. It was all about just going out there and praying that I have the strength to get through and help my team. That was my focus."
Peterson had left the team and traveled to Sioux Falls, S.D. after he received word a 2-year-old son of his was in critical condition in the hospital. Police responded to a call Wednesday of a child ch...