Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took the field with a heavy heart in Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers. The running back was in Sioux Falls on Thursday to be by the side of his two-year-old son who later died from injuries caused by an alleged beating from the mother's boyfriend.
At the 212 Boiling Point Bar and Grill in Brandon, fans piled in to watch Peterson play knowing what he has been through.
"It's just a bad situation, but you just kind of feel for the guy, you know. It's unfortunate that it happened and he's just got to work through it," Vikings fans Ryan Rauk said.
Fans of all ages are heart broken over the whole situation.
"I feel bad, I wish his son didn't die," Vikings fan Dewell Rauk said.
Last year's NFL MVP has seen a lot on the gridiron, but unfortunately Peterson has been through a lot of heartache off the field as well. He lost his brother to a drunk driver when he was just seven years old and his half brother was murdered in 2007.
Now the alleged abuse and death of his son, only adds to a list that no one should be a part of. Peterson decided to cope by getting back on the field, a move some people criticized, but others can understand why he decided to play.
"He had to take care of his NFL family also and it gets his mind off the problems at hand," Vikings fan Randy Garner said.
Peterson finished the game with 61 yards rushing. But the Vikings were beat easily by the Carolina Panthers 35-10. However, fans understand it's important to keep a game in perspective.
"You would have like to see them play a little better, but it's not the end of the world either. It's not like losing a son," Garner said.
Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman says he's considering more serious charges against Joseph Patterson now that the boy has died from his head injuries.
The new charges against the 27-year-old are expected to come Tuesday morning.