Adrian Peterson gives $1 million to alma mater OU

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 05, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has pledged $1 million to the Oklahoma athletics department, his launching pad for a stellar NFL career. The university announced the donation Thursday. It will go toward construction of a new student housing facility and establish a football scholarship endowment in Peterson's name. The university says this is the largest gift to the athletics department from a former football player. Peterson says he's been thinking about doing this ''for a long time'' and that he always hoped to be in a position to give back once he left school. Peterson starred for the Sooners from 2004 through 2006 before the Vikings made him the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. The football team's meeting room will also be renamed in Peterson's honor.
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