Adrian Peterson Soaks in the Love During “Adrian Peterson Day”

By Rachel Wold

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was smothered in love and support in his hometown where “Adrian Peterson Day” was held on Saturday. Peterson finally decided to return to practice with his team just days before his special annual event took place.

Feeling the love, Peterson talked about what the day means to him:

“Home, man,” Peterson said, per Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “It’s so many people before the fame that supported me. … It says a lot. The people, they know my personality. They know what kind of heart I have. They have been around me my entire life. These are the people that actually know me, so it feels good (for them) to be supportive of my family.”

Peterson, who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent months stemming from a child abuse case last year, is looking to put all that past him. While Peterson’s violent actions against his young son still leave a bad taste in the mouths of many, it appears his hometown fans still support him.

Speaking of putting ill-feelings behind, it appears that Peterson and the Vikings’ brass have moved on and the running back just wants to focus on football.

Peterson returned to the Vikings on June 2 after being being away from the team since Week 2 of the 2014 season. All appears to be status-quo for the 30-year-old running back.

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