There are some superstar athletes who go above and beyond sports and reach out to people in need. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is one of those players. Recently on Twitter there was a push for Peterson to reach out and call Blake Cognata who is fighting a rare form of cancer. Blake has a cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma that is attacking his bones. His bout with cancer forced Blake to stop doing things he loved to do. One of them was playing football. The cancer has spread throughout his body and this cancer has made life very hard for the 17 year old.
His friends and family have been using Twitter to show their support and raise awareness. Some of the hashtags were “staystrongblake” and “findyourstrong”. Dylan George who went to the same high school as Blake, Fairpoint High is now in college decided to start using the hashtage “APCallBlake”. Adrian Peterson is Blake’s football hero and according to reports after 90 minutes since the first hashtag went out on Twitter Adrian Peterson made a phone call to Blake at the hospital.
Chris Brown who is Adrian Peterson’s assistant told reporters, “It was on his heart and he just felt he had to do it. If a conversation can bring a little bit of joy, it’s the least Adrian can do.” Blake and Peterson talked for about five minutes and Peterson told Blake that he could call him up whenever he needed to talk to someone.
For a guy who recently just fell 9 yards short of beating the all time rushing yard season record and losing in the playoffs, Peterson took the time to reach out to someone who really needed a lift. That five minute phone call will be something Blake will always cherish. The old adage of it is the little things that make a big difference truly is the case here.