One of the biggest storylines this Sunday is Adrian Peterson's presence on the field against the Panthers after the heartbreaking turn of events that unfolded this week. Peterson is mourning the loss of his 2-year-old son, and his time on the field today has a few questioning why he'd be even thinking about football.
Peterson has his reasons. The running back elaborated on them in a text to his FOX sideline reporter Laura Okmin:
My brother passed the night before the combine and I decided to go through with it. 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 had the baddest welcoming party for my son. The 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.
Peterson is also refering to his half-brother, Chris Paris, who was murdered before the 2007 NFL Combine.
It's a touching and sad situation. Peterson's actions shouldn't really have to be questioned as it's unimaginable what type of pain he could be going through. Best of luck to him.
[via Bleacher Report]