Posted by Gilbert Sam on 4:28 PM
Adrian Peterson sure hopes so.
The former Sooner great and current Vikings running back has started an athletic association in his hometown of Palestine, Texas, which features the All Day elite football team, a moniker derived from the 2012 NFL MVP's nickname. At training camp at Minnesota State-Mankato for a few days this week are 10 players from that team, four them Peterson's cousins.
"It's cool giving these young kids an opportunity to experience something that they haven't experienced before," Peterson said. "You never know, it might be something as simple as this that inspires them. It might be just what they need to continue to push them. ... It can be life-changing for them."
Peterson's father, Nelson, runs the first-year athletic association for children ages 5 to 12. He made the 14-hour drive with the players on Thursday, and the group will return Sunday.
The youngsters will have a chance to meet with Peterson. In addition to practice on Friday, they will watch a Saturday night session followed by a fireworks show.
"It was a surprise for them," said Nelson Peterson. (More at Pioneer Press)