Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Former Sooner Adrian Peterson Donating $100k to Texas Flood Victims

Former Oklahoma and current Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is donating more than $100,000 to relief efforts in his hometown of Palestine, Texas, after flash flooding destroyed dozens of houses and killed six people there over the weekend.

Peterson is partnering with the Salvation Army and will travel to Palestine on Thursday to survey the damage. He said he will make an initial donation of $100,000 and then match donations from there.

"If people put $200,000 in there, I'll match it," he told ESPN.com.

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The flooding shocked the town of roughly 19,000, which Peterson said hasn't been prone to floods in the past.

"My mom is over 50, and in her lifespan she's never seen a flood in Palestine," Peterson said. "That's what was so unusual about it. We've never had an issue with flooding. We've had heavy rains for days at a time, but nothing to this magnitude. For this to hit overnight, and the damage that it caused, it was devastating."

Peterson said his family is fine but that some of his friends have been affected. (More at ESPN)

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