Adrian Peterson takes the field days after his son’s passing

By Ross Jones, FOXSports.com

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson took the field against the Carolina Panthers Sunday days after learning of his 2-year-old son’s death.

The seven-year veteran is no stranger to tragedy. Peterson witnessed his older brother’s death at the age of 7. During his teenage years he had to deal with his father in prison. And while training for the 2007 NFL Draft, his half-brother was shot and killed.

He texted NFL on FOX sideline reporter Laura Okmin before the kickoff on why he made the decision to play.

“My brother passed the night before the combine and I decided to go through with it,” Peterson texted FOX NFL Sunday’s Laura Okmin. “The same reason why I will play this week. You may ask why? God wants good to come from it … We mourn and grieve but heaven has the baddest welcoming party for my son. That knowledge gives me peace.

“I’m still hurt and feel the pain of life, but I’m able to function because of the peace and joy of knowing my loved ones are in a much better place.”

We here at Laces Out send our condolences to Peterson, his family and everyone else involved in this tragic event.

UPDATE: Adrian Peterson finished with 10 carries for 62 yards in a 35-10 loss against the Panthers.

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