According to his contract, Adrian Peterson will play for the Minnesota Vikings through the 2017 season. He says he’d like to spend his entire career with the Vikes, the team that drafted him seventh overall back in 2007. But asked if he’d ever like to play in his home state of Texas, the Palestine-native admitted he’d thought about it before.
"You know, I'd be a liar if I said it's something that hasn't crossed my mind before," Peterson told his hosts on ESPN’s SVP and Russillo. "But I've also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that. But being from Texas, I've always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home. Or to play in Houston."
When the Vikings played the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium a month ago, Peterson got 62 tickets so family and friends could be there to watch him. And he put on a show, going for 140 yards and a touchdown. Peterson remarked about the significance of playing in Dallas before that game, too, to ESPN Radio.
"I'd be lying to say it didn't mean something, anytime you play at home and play against the Cowboys, the team I grew up watching and liking," Peterson said. "My hometown's an hour and change from there. It's still another game, but then again, having family there--Dallas is where I lost my brother [who was killed by a drunk driver when Adrian Peterson was 7], as well. We stayed there for a few years before we moved back to Palestine. So, you know, it's always good to go back there."
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