EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson is loved in his home state of Texas. His hometown of Palestine -- just under two hours outside of Dallas -- throws a yearly celebration in Peterson's honor, Adrian Peterson Day.
He won't get the same appreciation Sunday.
Peterson will still be cheered Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings travel to play the Dallas Cowboys, but Peterson's presence isn't enough for the locals to turn against Dallas. They're will be cheering for Peterson and against Minnesota, even from Peterson's own family.
"Oh yeah," Peterson said of his family cheering for the Cowboys. "It is what it is. 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."
Peterson grew up following the Cowboys, like the rest of his family. He was a fan of Emmitt Smith, Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin and Jay Novacek.