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NFL's Adrian Peterson Plays After Son's Death
NFL star Adrian Peterson took to the field for the Minnesota Vikings following the death of his two-year-old son.
The star running back's son died on Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case in South Dakota.
Peterson had indicated he would play on Sunday, and as expected he was on the Vikings' active list.
But he was unable to prevent his team slumping to a 35-10 defeat to the Carolina Panthers.
He declined to speak specifically about the situation following a training session on Friday, but reiterated the comfort he has found from the game over a number of tragic and challenging events in his life.
"Football is something I will always fall back on. It gets me through tough times," Peterson said.
"Just being around the guys in here, that's what I need in my life, guys supporting me."
Peterson was seven years old when he saw his older brother killed in a bike accident involving a drunken driver.
His father was in prison during his teenage years, and shortly before the Vikings drafted him in 2007, a half-brother was shot and killed.
Joseph Patterson, 27, has been charged with battery in relation to Peterson's son's death.
Peterson's father Nelson Peterson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper that Patterson was the boyfriend of the child's mother.