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Adrian Peterson reflects on recent past in Instagram post (vid)


It has almost been one year ago to the day that Adrian Peterson was reinstated by the NFL after his entire 2014 campaign was derailed just as it began when child abuse charges were filed against him in September of that year, effectively ending his season.

The Minnesota Vikings running back took to social media to post a video of himself reflecting upon the tumultuous year he endured and how he bounced back from it last season. Peterson’s decision to post the philosophical video at this particular time arguably is no coincidence, either.

“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,” Peterson wrote in the video’s caption before adding a trophy emjoi and finishing up his thoughts with “LOOK AT GOD.”

Peterson was reinstated by the NFL on April 16, 2015, and later signed a restructured contract with the Vikings that all but assured he’ll play for the team through the 2016 season, although the deal does run through 2017. Peterson will receive the remaining guaranteed $12 million in the contract this upcoming season.

Peterson, who turned 31 in March, led the league in 2015 in both yards (1,485) and carries (327), a remarkably rare accomplishment for a running back his age.

Peterson also had the following to say in the video, in which he imparts words of encouragement to his fans.

“Only one individual walked this earth without sin, Jesus Christ, and they tortured him and hung him from a cross,” he said, as transcribed by ESPN 1500. “I want to leave you with this — be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character truly is who you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. Let people judge if 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 handled 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.”