Vikings running back Adrian Peterson appears to have been in an introspective mood Wednesday night. He recorded what looks to be a selfie video in which he talks about his faith and how he deals with obstacles. The accompanying text indicates he had the extreme lows and highs of the last two years in mind:
All legal issues dismissed, still no record, a new contract in the midst of the storm, a year off so the body recovered and I got paid, Adidas sponsorship, playoff contenders and NFL rushing champion at 30.
On the video itself, Peterson — who looks to be lying down, shirtless, perhaps even in his own bed while filming himself speaking — the Vikings running back says, in part, this:
“I want to leave you with this: Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Because your character is truly who you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. Let people judge. They’re going to judge. That’s the way of the world. But keep your head up. Don’t hang it down. I’m giving you a little bit of advice from me and how I handle it: I keep pressing forward. Because at the end of the day, people want to see you fail. God wants to see you be successful.”
I have no idea what prompted the video at this particular time, though we are about exactly one year removed from Peterson being reinstated to the NFL after missing almost all of 2014 in conjunction with charges that he abused his young son.
But regardless of whether your natural reaction to Peterson’s words is to nod your head or roll your eyes, the whole thing is interesting. Here’s a link to the Instagram post.
I think it not strange in the mist of the Dark cloud that hovered over me for a short period … the Lord continued to cover me with GRACE & FAVOR! All legal issues dismissed, still no record, a new contract in the midst of the storm, a year off so the body recovered and I got paid, Adidas sponsorship, playoff contenders and NFL rushing champion at 30