Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was in Sioux Falls Thursday because of this personal matter, and he returned to practice where he now balances the pressures of the team and emotional pain.
Days after finding out his son was fighting for his life in a Sioux Falls hospital, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson attempts to find comfort in his normal football routine.
"Football is something I'll always fall back on. It gets me through tough times. Being around the guys here, that's what I need," Peterson said.
The defending NFL MVP is back in Eden Prairie after a trip to Sioux Falls. He was excused from practice Thursday for personal reasons, and now that reason is coming to light.
"I really appreciate all of the support that I've been receiving from the fans and the Vikings organization. This is a private matter and I would ask that you please respect my privacy," Peterson said.
Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier spoke with the team on Thursday and says that Peterson will have unwavering support from every member of the organization.
Peterson admits that through any difficult time in his life, football has always helped him get through.
"I'm able to kind of release a lot of my stress through this sport, so that's what I plan on doing," Peterson said.
Peterson plans to play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, but now he and the Vikings will take the field with heavy hearts.
"The one thing I always bounce back to is that the good Lord never gives me more than I can bare and I can handle. I'm built tough," Peterson said.