Adrian Peterson performed well in Sunday’s game, playing through one of the most difficult times imaginable in life. Peterson had just lost his two-year-old son two days ago under the most horrific conditions. The toddler was beaten so badly that he died from his injuries, according to Shutdown Corner via Yahoo News on Oct.13.
Despite Peterson's performance, Vikings lost 35-10 to Carolina at home. After the game the Panther’s team members lined up to offer Peterson their condolences. A man has been arrested for the brutal beating which caused Peterson’s son to die. The toddler’s mother’s boyfriend is in jail today charged with this crime.
Peterson said after the game that he gained strength from playing Sunday. He prepared a message for Fox Sports explaining his reasons for playing in Sunday’s game:
"My brother passed the night before the combine and I decided to go through with it. The same reason why I will play this week. You may ask why? God wants good to come from it ... We mourn and grieve but heaven had the baddest welcoming party for my son. That knowledge gives me peace. I'm still hurt and feel the pain of life, but I'm able to function because of the peace and joy of knowing my loved ones are in a much better place."
This is Peterson's nightmare and no one should question his reasons for playing in the game. He is living in a dimension right now that only parents who have lost their children understand and if this gets him through, then more power to him.