Superstar NFL running-back says he would like to maybe finish his career in his home state.
Cowboys and Texans fans will have to calm their excitement just a fraction, but they still have a reason to be anxious.
Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson has suggested he would like to explore playing in his home state after his current deal expires.
Contracted to play with the Vikings through to 2017, Peterson’s best years are set to be played out in Minnesota purple, but he may not finish his career there if he can find the right team and the right deal.
You know, I’d be a liar if I said it’s something that hasn’t crossed my mind before,” Peterson said.
“But I’ve also said to myself it would be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career, it would be good if I could do that. But being from Texas, I’ve always wondered, wow, it would be cool to play in Dallas, to play back home. Or to play in Houston.”
Peterson grew up in Palestine, Texas, a two hour drive out of Dallas and has spent time there during his off-season and during rehabilitation while injured.
He has also secured 100 tickets for family and friends in the past when the Vikings came to the state to play, underlying his close relationship with Texas.
Peterson said he always put in for Minnesota when they played he Cowboys, but did admit was sometimes tough trying to put a loss on a side he supported growing up in the region.
“I’d be lying to say it didn’t mean something, anytime you play at home and play against the Cowboys, the team I grew up watching and liking,” Peterson said in October.
“My hometown’s an hour and change from there. It’s still another game, but then again, having family there — Dallas is where I lost my brother (who was killed by a drunken driver when Adrian Peterson was 7), as well. We stayed there for a few years before we moved back to Palestine. So, you know, it’s always good to go back there.”