Adrian Peterson returned to Minnesota Thursday night, but this time he acted as a member of the Washington Redskins in a crucial game for each team, even though they took different directions.
In the end, the Vikings reigned in the night, dropping the Redskins 19-9 despite a strong performance from Peterson, who scored more than 100 yards from the scrum (76 yards rushing, receiving 27 yards) at the reception) while the average was over 5.0 yards per race.
Towards the end of the fourth quarter, the Vikings decided to pay homage to their best runner of all time, placing Peterson on the two big screens lining the stadium, eliciting loud prolonged applause, as well as the vocals of “AP. ”
Peterson recognized the fans by waving their hands and kissing his fingers with respect. But it was only after the match that the future Hall of Fame shared all his emotions.
“To be honest, I had to hold back my tears,” Peterson said via ESPN. “It was special, a special moment.
“I was just coming back to see the love that they still had for me and they showed me, man, it felt good. Even if defeated, I’m able to kiss him and take him for what he was and that meant a lot. I spent about ten years here, so just to see this ovation and the love that they showed made sense. ”
Peterson also admitted that as a force of habit, he was on the sidelines of the stage singing the song “Skol” at several times of the night.
“There were several times during the match that I caught myself singing Skol’s song,” he said. “It’s a natural instinct. Some things are just triggered. ”
Although Peterson did not win as a player, he certainly won as a person. He is loved in Minnesota and that will never change.