Adrian Peterson’s son dies after receiving severe head injuries

Most people look forward to Friday. It’s the end of the week and it’s one day closer to football for pigskin fanatics around the world.

However, on Friday for at least one person it was one of the worst days possible. Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson missed Thursday’s practice because of a family situation in South Dakota which it turned out his son was in the hospital after being the victim of an alleged assault at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, Joseph Robert Patterson. He has been charged with aggravated assault on an infant, but the charges will surely be upgraded to murder after the child died Friday from his injuries.AP Son

“I want to start off by saying I really appreciate all the support that I’ve been receiving from fans, the Vikings organization,” Peterson said to the media on Friday. “This is a private matter, and I ask y’all to please respect my privacy and not ask at all about the situation at hand.”

As a parent (not the best or worst, but a flawed human being who loves his 14 year old son), I can’t imagine what Peterson is feeling (some often say they can, but I don’t think we can unless we experience it firsthand), but I truly hope he does something special in dedication to his child on Sunday when the Vikings host the Carolina Panthers. And make no mistake, Peterson plans on playing.

“I plan on playing Sunday. I will be playing Sunday, let me correct that. Be ready to roll, focused and ready to get a ‘W’ on Sunday, being 1-0.”

As far as his son is concerned:

You don’t have to cry, you’re in God’s arms now
You don’t have to whimper, you’re in God’s arms now
You don’t have to tremble, you’re in Gods arms now
You don’t have to be vulnerable, you’re in Gods arms now
You don’t have to be scared, you’re in Gods arms now
You don’t have to be afraid, you’re in Gods arms now
You’re an angel now, you’re with God


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  1. DJ…..Words can not express the hurt we all feel for this child or his parents…..But you have come close……..

  2. The above picture is not the child in question. Apparently Peterson, who is in a “committed” relationship, fathered a child on the down low, and only recently found out the child was his. This is also the reason he won’t discuss it publically. So sad.

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