Adrian Peterson teaches younger teammates optimism

Brian Tinsman
October 18, 2018 - 11:14 pm

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


You know the sports cliché: team signs Hall of Fame veteran brimming with confidence, who joins a locker room full of grizzled youngsters. Or is that backward?

The legend of Adrian Peterson continues to grow around Redskins Park, as he is now teaching his younger teammates about the power of positivity.

After Sunday's win, he called into Pro Football Talk and discussed how some Redskins have a goal of trying not to lose.

"They’ve got to stop," he said with a laugh. "I’m tired of hearing, 'We can't keep winning one and losing one.' I’m always thinking positive. This is a young team. They’re thinking about that. Lose that! Focus on this being the first division game and win it."

Keep in mind that Peterson nursed a debilitating shoulder injury and painful knee injury through a week of practice and had perhaps his best game of the season. Afterward, he needed the help of a team staffer to remove his jersey and shoulder pads. Then, he calls into a national media outlet and talks about looking forward optimistically.

"It hurt every time he carried the ball, it hurt every time he got hit," PFT host Mike Florio said. "There was an early play where he cut back and he hesitated because he said he knew it was going to hurt. And it did. After three of four carries, he just said, 'You know what? I don't care. I've got to play. It's going to hurt one way or the other.'

"He wants to prove to Washington that they picked the right guy."

Case closed. Adrian Peterson is the hero that D.C. deserves and needs right now.


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