Adrian Peterson dominated the Minnesota Vikings’ game against the San Diego Chargers, rushing 20 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns. In a vintage performance reminiscent of Vikings games prior to his season-long suspension in 2014, Peterson reached the end zone for the first time in 22 months, plunging into the end zone in the second quarter of the game according to a report by NBC Sports.
However, despite his heroics on the field, the Vikings game was only the second-biggest event of Adrian Peterson’s day, as his wife Ashley gave birth to another son for the Peterson family hours before kickoff. The Vikings’ official Twitter page send out the update at 8:58 a.m. in the morning.
Congratulations to @AdrianPeterson and his wife Ashley on the birth of their son, Axyl Eugene Peterson, who was born this morning.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 27, 2015
USA Today reported earlier in the day that “Axyl is the seventh known child for Adrian Peterson,” and the second child to fathered by Peterson with wife Ashley. Peterson previously told reports during training camp that he would not miss a Vikings game to be present during his wife’s labor, which was due for October 4, 2015.
In 2014, Peterson was suspended for almost the full duration of the season, following child abuse charges filed in Texas for allegedly using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son, appearing in just one Vikings game all year. According to a report by Fox News, Peterson said in court that he “never intended to harm his son and was disciplining him in the same way he had been as a child growing up in East Texas.”
After a tumultuous nearly two years since his last appearance in the end zone in a Vikings game, Peterson was likely thrilled with the developments both on and off the field. However, reporters had little luck getting any insights from Peterson himself following the game, as he sprinted off the field and hurried out of the locker room to get to the hospital to be with his family.
Adrian Peterson said his son was born in the 9 o'clock hour. Where's he going from here? "Straight to the hospital."
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 27, 2015
The Vikings led the Chargers all game after drawing first blood with 1:15 left in the first quarter on a Blair Walsh field goal. Peterson first scored on a two-yard touchdown run midway through the 2nd quarter, the added his second touchdown when he scampered 43 yards to pay dirt in the third quarter to put a stamp on his best Vikings game in nearly two full years.
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