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Huddle Up With Gus: Adrian Peterson

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This week Gus Chats with fellow NFL alumni & Georgia Southern legend Adrian Peterson.

Welcome to what surely will be a doozy of a match up. Brian here. Sports Fans, whether your game is on the Gridiron, at the diamond or on the links, we can only say get up off your seats and get ready for some real action. Welcome to this week's huddle up with Gus. Fifteen year NFL quarterback Gust Bar Rock Passion for sports has taken him on the field and behind the benches. Playing for seven NFL franchises with one hundred fourteen TD's under his belt, Gust knows who the players are and how the Games are one every day get to hang out with an Hennell quarterback. Up Oka, sports fans, from the decked out and plush sixteen thirty one digital studios, it's kickoff time, so snap your chinstraps on and get ready to huddle up with us. Hey everyone, welcome to another episode of Huddle up with Guss. I'm your host, fifteen your NFL quarterback, gusts fur at. I appreciate you joining me. Check me out wherever you listen to your favorite podcast, where you can go to my website, huddle up with Gustcom, and you can find all of our all the shows that we've recorded before and this show coming up. So I want to thank some people. First, I want to thank MFN, multiformat format and network, who always helps us, who's doing this great editing and producing for us, with thank you to Ben and Dennis and all the crew there. I want to thank sixteen thirty one digital news and that crew that always helps us and pushes out our show, and thank Terry Schumann Shulman, who always helps me get our incredible guests. So thank you, Terry, and also want to thank my last week my wife and I took a little trip to the catskill mountains. I want to thank Canos a hall for hosting US and everybody there, Chris Burns, he the chef, Hayley and Ashley, everybody there was amazing. We had a we had a blast and a wonderful time. So thanks you for hosting us at Canoza Hall as well. If you want to ever get to the catskills, check it out. It's a lot of fun. It's laid back and quiet. So today we have a great show. You know somebody who has a name you may recognize and you may recognize specially if you're from Chicago, but this guy. He played a George, George Southern. He's in the hall of fame in the in the College Hall of fame, and you know he has incredible records, I think. Is it true, Adrian, that you even have the MVP named after you now? Yes, I do. Yeah, that's that's amazing. So joining us today's Adrian Peterson. Adrian, I'm sorry, you know, it's kind of funny. I see your name and I played with, as I say, the other Adrian Peter. Somehow, I'm sure you get quite odd and yeah, I'm sure you get quite often. But I know you grew up in Gainesville. Yep, and so tell me. I mean I think football runs in your family's blood a little bit because your your brother played for the Falcons as well, right when the or you've drafted by the girls? Yep, yeah, it does. Yep. So I we grew up in a little small town. I'm a latch with Florida, which is about eight to ten miles north of Gainesville and, as you mentioned, my older brother, Mike Peterson, I can play fourteen years in the NFL. I'm older cousin, Fredd is Solomon. He played for years in the NFL also. So you know, grew up early, a early age, in it man, and I'll start with it, and had a great career. What first drew you to sports? Was it watching another like other people, or was it just that you just went outside and you did it like there everybody here different story. Yeah, going up as a kid just just playing sports and then my dad, I can keep, coach rightball and not in our town, and you know he was coaching way before myself on my brother even even started playing. So you know, just being around the game. And once Mike started planning, I turned old enough, five or six, I told my mom and dad design a signed up for football. Yes, so, but you also had a pretty big college in your town to that that it was probably all around you. Football. Yeah, Gamesville and you know, the Gators, and growing up I was I was more of a running back fan. So I did without the a favorite college football team, but I watched all the running backs, the bowl giants of the Hershel Walkers, Walter, Payton and you know Corsidentally, all those guys at one thing in common. They all wore the number thirty four. So my first year of football I wouldn't a thirty four. So you know just early on been on kind of a student of the game. Well, you know, I would say that Ammon Smith probably would be upset that you said that because twenty two is a pretty big name there in...

Gainesville especially. Oh Yeah, Oh, yeah, you huge family in of course he's a Phota Gal. So, Oh yeah, Florida. I think he was a paint like Florida player the century and football. Oh Wow, yeah, yeah, he's a great guy. I'm you know, and I saw that your brother went to Florida. What was that when you were getting recruited, because I know that you were, you know, all everything in high school was. What was the choices for you and how was that decision made to go to Georgia southern? Well, coming out hey, you know, early on you get all the calls and and the letters, but you know, when it came down to it, on they had three offers and that was George Southern, socklne state in the family and you know couple other school said we might offer you if so, once it doesn't sign. And you know I was always confident in my ability. So I did want to give up a scholarship offer on a possible, on a maybe so sign of George Southern Man and and then look back. Yeah, obviously you did look back. He said how many records at George Southern? I mean I think you you broke and set all the rushing records at George Southern. Yeah, yes, a lot. It's a lot. It's a lot. Yeah, that's too many, the layst I think. Yeah, there's no doubt about that. So growing up, I mean you were track guy, you were football guy and I read that you you're also a weightlifting champion. Yep, yeah, we didn't really have that in Pennsylvania when I was growing up. What was that? I mean they had like side competitions, but was that something that was a part of your school? Yeah, so, so high school, play football, basketball, try and wait up in team and and yeah, so we were have about eight to ten meets a year and weightlifting and then we have the district you meet and the state me. Now, when I went to state, I finished, I think, third in my weight class. I was in the one hundred and ninety nine class and it was great competition. So it was a bench press and the cleaning jerk and you put those, those two combined, and that was your score. Yeah, the clean and jerk is tough. Like. Yeah, so it was the most you ever did at that so I high school, my mic state me. What's three thousand and fifteen on the cleaning jerk and three or five on the bench press. Wait, so that three hundred and fifteen would be. What would you weigh? One hundred and ninety, I was one night. N That's putting up some weight. That's pretty good. That's pretty good. So, you know, because I didn't have that kind of lifting when I went to high school in the S, like you know, we had like a little circuit thing, like you went around, you did a bench press, you know what I mean. We had some free weights, but but nothing like that. That had to be, you know, because football is grown and we understood the now we understand the body so much more and what it takes and, you know, getting in once I got to college, I got into Olympic lifting a lot more, which is like the clean of jerking those types of things, which is, Yep, the better full body exercise. Yeah, I mean we were all on it from from from ninth grade on, and you know, we I had a specified weightlifting class and that's what you learned all of those techniques the cleaning jerk, bench press squads, all that stuff. You do you feel like that helped you? Did you reckons recognize a difference as you went from nine, ten, eleven to twelve, like with the lifting? Oh yeah, of course. And as for weight gain at just to stuff I was able to do on the field, on the basketball court. I'm I was always a kind of natural to strong kid, but adding those weights and running track, just seeing my conditional level increase. And you know, we work a medal of the pack school, so we were we were for school in the Forli at the time. We went to six A. So, you know, playing offense, defense, returning punts, returning kickoffs. You know, I try helped out a lot, you know, by by just increase in my endurance. Traditional do you miss those days of being able to never leave the field? Oh Yeah, yeah, Oh yeah, Oh yeah, that was I mean you knew going in, you know once the ball was kicked off, you probably want to be out there the whole game and you know just to have to...

...refocus, you know, going from offense, going to defense and going bright to receive a punt, kickoff return team, setting up, setting up the wedges. So I mean it was a lot, you know, throughout the course of the game. Those are the only times I got a break in any return teams to those. So so they never wanted me on a return team. I was okay on the club, is the punter and the kicker, so I was all right there, but the return teams, they wouldn't let me on there. Like men stay on the sideline. That's the only break I got, though, but I did play defense, which is hard to believe, but anyway. So, so you're going in through this whole process, you've learned a lot, like you've had four years of experience of training your body. So when you get to Georgia Southern, that must not have been a big shock for you, or kind of, was it? Because for me going to college was a pretty big shock and what I had to do to train differently, I mean was it wasn't. And also, you know, outside of the training card is just playing so many sports. So I was always act like from my ninth grade year, I never went home out of school. Yeah, we went directly from football to basketball to try to spring football and then doing the summer I played a you basketball. So just as far as off the field, that was and and he's a transition. As far as the time management piece, you know, because a lot of kids now struggled with time endsment. You know. Yeah, in high school you have school for eight hours and you go directly to football prete we're here in college. You might have a classic, a another not eleven. You may have weights. So it's a lot downtime and you know everybody's not good having downtime. So, you know, just that transition part of it, it was easy. And the lifting piece, mean I'd already been in a great weight program my head coach, John Carter. You know, he actually lived with us. So I mean he wasn't just one preaching left, left, left, know, he was squat with it. He would bench with us, shows how to do the clean and jerk. So had a lot of hands on experience. It's always a good goal is to try to beat your coach. Know you strong, though I was tough to you him. Yeah, he has, but I bet he made it like yeah, Hey, come on, you can get strong to just yeah, yeah, he was tough man and at not that you're older, you realize how good he was. Yeah, yeah, so did you like? So you've had a lot of people in your life that were kind of mentors for you when you were younger. You had a good coach, you had a dad who coached football, you had your I'm assuming your brother Mike was older than you. Yep, right, and so you had some good mentors, as you said, Freddie settleman as well. So what who did you draw on the most when you like after high school, maybe through high school and then on in the college? Probably probably might you know, because he was he was, he was three years older than I was. So I kind of just their thing. He did. My Dad had had already to put in don't work at the put the discipline the end of so you know, when I got to college, you know, I was already self discipline. So yeah, that that was easy. So, you know, I kind of leaning on that because I had already been raised from age five to, you know, sixteen years old. You know, if a coach that you do something, you supposed to do it. Yeah, if if you do it wrongly, probably come to yell at you and he's supposed to. So do it right and have fun doing it. And then, you know, just watching my progress torough his fresh from a year as a red shirt then eventually playing a little bit and then becoming a starter and, you know, playing well aforuna getting drafted. Yeah, that's awesome. So I bet like through your high school years you used to like wear a lot of Florida gator gear when you were in high school because, Oh yeah, hey, if I had an older brother pain state in Pennsylvania here, I'm daring sure I've been wearing pain state gear. Oh yeah, and a little the shoe. Could you know when they got there, they gave him the travels shoes, the workout shoe. So I think I he was finished Finnish wearing them. which would they were still almost brand new. You know, I would get him. Yeah, Oh, yeah, I could just see that out. Would do the same thing. Yeah, may that's the best kind of a's the best way to go because, you know, you kind of set yourself apart from all your friends at I school. You're like yeah, yeah, either, reckon it. Yeah, that's awesome. That's awesome. So you get...

...to Georgia, southern and I think he started your freshman year. What right? Did you play some games in your freshman year? I restored my rest or year and then I became the for you started correct. And what type of offense were you running? Because it looked like kind of like wing tea, wish Boonish, but I wasn't sure what it was. Yeah, it was the triple option, triple up under standard. The quarterback on the center, for back is about four and a half yards, the two wing backs and to ID receivers out. Why? Yeah, you were all the big gun in the middle. Yeah, yeah, so, and I hit. It was the same offense I ran in high school. So I was very, very for me with the offense, the pounding I'm is going to gonna go down and because, even what, I didn't get the ball, I still got hit. But you know, I was ready for what. So if I'm the quarterback and I got to call play for you, what's the play call I'm going to make? So it's a read option. The base one isn't it's starts thirteen. So twelve is we go on and right. You're going to put it on my stomach. Read the D N. D N comes down and takes me. He pulls it and goes up to the lineback and level reach the line by Lineback, partickel the corn by he pisson turn her arm slot back. So how many times you think you ran that play? A Lot, a lot. Yeah. So till you hear at Georgia southern you have some incredible who was your coach there? I was reading about him. Paul Johnson. So Paul Johnson came to southern, I thought, left. You went on Nave Academy and then I was there for four years and then took over Georgia Tech. I think of the Georgia tech about eight years. Yeah, and then so you had him. He seemed like a pretty good guy. Seemed like everybody on the team liked him a lot, you know, but every coach wants to move up and kind of, you know, keep getting yeah, and forward. It's part of the business and and you know, guys understood that I'm asking each other business. So it comes you've played. You Red shirted, you played four years and assuming, just like I did, you were there five years at George Southern. Yep, what did you what was what was your emphasis on studying? What did you want to be besides a football player? So my major was commercial recreation and and I minor and sociology. So it was either going to be whole check to tourism and that's why I was going to do if I wasn't drafted. I had a couple internships lined up. One was with they have. They had a brand new Weston. Hold A. Yes, around them are either the Ritz cards and down and in a Mellay and actually, you know, fast forward seven years later, I'm up getting married at the rich cards and and I'll on a millia. And so I'm kind of using my major. Now I'm back at George southing at directness. Do not keep development so kind of you. Wasn't my sociology degree, you know, just done without. I'll student a leads. Yeah, it was kind of the same. I was in hyper program we called it, in College of Health, is recreation at Tulsa and they don't even have it anymore, but it was something I was I was an outdoors guy. I always wanted to figure out like how to do it. You know, recreation was always part of that there. It was a wide field that you could do anything you wanted. I had no idea what I was going to do, but I was probably a lot like you were. I had an inkling and if the football thing didn't work out, and have some internships lined up. So I go play. But but glad the football thing worked out, that's for sure. Yeah, Hey everyone, thanks for listening. You join us on huddle up with guys. CHECK US out at hoddle up with Gustscom where if you listen to your favorite podcast. We were just talking with Adrian Pearson about, you know, his time at George Southern. His coach is offense in and the last part was, you know, really what he wanted to study and it was in recreation and sociology. Now he's back helping other kids. You know, he's back in his college and doing what he wants to do. But, Adrian, Til you go through Georgia southern and you have his career, you followed your brother's career and you know it's hard not to want the same thing as your brother, right, and then the draft comes. Tell me about what your expectations were when you went into the draft, because you saw your brother go through it. Like I had an older cousin who went through that kind of from Penn State. He was like eight years older than me, but and I had a little anything of what it was. But tell me...

...about that whole process for you and what it was like. Yeah, so I'm not just start from the I'm training part of it. That's a let another agent. You know, that was a that was still we got through that. End Up sign with IMG train, down, down, down, down, down in bringing some Florida. Then the draft comes around. Favorite I would be probably in awhere from three through five. Didn't have great for your time, but you know, I figured game film what kind of overripe some of that. That didn't happen. was six round draft pick, pick one hundred and ninety nine, and I was excited. Was Ready to again. Of course, kind of like the high school days when I figured I was one to be running backs, not only in the state but when in the nation. But you know, then you got out how those offers. But again had to go out and and and prove myself, and I mean it was it was a no brander and end up going to Chicago and landing there for eight years. So it was that like for you being in Chicago, because that's a lot different weather than George in Florida? Yeah, it was a an adjustment one on, you know, just understanding how to dress, you know, coming from out of Florida and then and then Georgia. You know, you can kind of you can kind of kind of make it to your winner if you got to store a cap in and I think Hoodie, you can kind of kind of make it. You can kind of make it through. But got the Chicago man and I had to get a couple of scars, couple pair of gloves and couple pair of boots. Yeah, long and John, you know, I gotta. I got a quick story. You saw my neighbors, you know, they were, you know, be snowblowing or suthing their driveway and they looked so comfortable over there. And I always am. I drive with the Hoodie on and and some gym shoes and and I'm freezing. I'm like, man, they look a little comfortable that. So I had a couple questions and the day of vis me, do you know it's a couple pair of sock you should get and come a paral of boots you should get, and you know. So you learned as you go. Learn as you go, man, but I learned fast because it was on some long, long runs. I've been in Chicago along waters. What do you remember, like the coldest game you've ever played in? Yeah, I think the code is to I think one was against Green Bay. It was at home, and then the other one was Atlanta Falcon. It was a Saturday night game and you know it was. It was. It might have been like to below something, something, something, and saying like that, but Um, it was a one way. It's always windy Chicago to it's like crazy, crazy, and when stadium. Yeah, and you know I staying in. You know it's it says, right right down the lake. So you know, I might be knife, but when that Gusta wind comes through, you know you can fail it for sure. Yes, I think you were in Chicago. What, six years? Seven, well, eight year, eight years, it Yep. So what was your like? And we talk a lot about your career, but I want to know, like what was your favorite part? What was the most like? What did you love the most about playing in the NFL? Man, I guess being a role model. You know, when you go back home and and you know the little kids and that's eating beason, you know he plays a n fail because you know, cause it's always a dream, but not many make it. Yeah, but, but, but, but, but, but when you do make it and you can go back and you can, even if it's not sharing and experience but but just been been visible to, yeah, those who have that same dream and just can see, hey, you know, he grew up right down the street and you know he's an NFL and guess what, he's still coming back. And so just been a wrong because all the other stuff is it's great. But but if I think, if we, I say we are the NFL players, if we aren't using that to encourage, motivate and inspire your others, then you know it's no good. You know. So you're at Georgia Southern, you're doing...

...your back and you're right. You're in student athlete development. Is that right? Something? Yeah, so, so the direct student nothing development. ME. So tell me about what kind of discussions you have with your student athletes. That from all the experiences, right, because they're going to draw in your experiences. Some of them want to hear, some of them don't want to hear and need to hear. So tell me about, like there's kind of discussions that you have with these kids. That said, you know, I've been here, I've done this, I've gotten to the highest level. Listen to me. Of Question Number One, that is why are you here? You know, because some of them, whether it's not going to class or not perform on the field. I missing stuff, you know. But why are you here and what are you trying to get from the university? And if just the NFL is does your main concern? I think you just limited yourself because, of course, when I was in school we did have the individual in my position. You know someone who you know, played here at George something, was a great, great player, went on to play the NF, failed and had these experience, you know. So my goal is just to help them, if that's your goal, to point them in that right direction, but also maximize every resource that this university can offer, because it's a lot. It's a lot, and you know, we didn't. We didn't have some of these resources that do not les have today. Yeah, I'm just give an example. We just have with they have not for a while, but and academic center like where, if you need a tutor, you can call myself. I wanted to academical vis as a coach. I need a tutor from mad and if it's an a in the morning, we can probably have one by that evening, if not first thing in the morning. You knocking on my years here. So I probably had about five tutors, not that I did need them, but the resources just wasn't there. You know. Well, Adrian, when I have sold, when I when I had to go do a paper, I had to walk across campus. We had one computer room in the whole you know, for the whole university. Like you, nobody had their own computer. Yeah, you went over there rite they like you said, all those resources are different and I also wanted to ask you in our next segment. I wanted to talk a little bit about some of the other stuff that you had to overcome and you still work on and you deal with with kids and other people, because I know you love being a part of the community and you do a lot for the community. But tell me a little bit about your family. Yes, so, mom and dad is port NAM and wes the Peterson been mad for probably about forty five years, forever. Oh, yeah, I'm close to that. Do Away. Watch what you say now. Twenty seven. So seven. So every year, every year my deck could call me on my anniversary and as a congratulations, and I cheat with him. I Say I'm a catchy day. Say I don't know about that. Once we got a long way to go. Yeah, you got hold he go. So, you know, did this here in that you know, just understanding the importance of that, because it cut it is important, you know, not only to my dad but to myself. So older brother, Mike Peterson Pat Universal Florida forteen years in fl Vt. Now outside Lotboy his coach at back at Universal Florida. My younger brother, Rodney Peterson, lives in Gamesville and then my youngest sister in the Kisha Peterson. She would universal for it also, but she was the smart one. So she took all the brains. You if I could himist, she got all the brain. Yeah, she took all the brains. Phones man. So He's trying to let you know too. Oh Yeah, Oh yeah, I love be for I love them for it, cause I mean we did the field stuff and she houlded the stuff in the in the classroom and you know, we love o the death and she the school teacher down in the Orlando area. No, Nice, nice, everyone. We are talk with Adrian Peterson. You can check this out of up with gustscom wherever you listen to your favorite podcast. So, AD we're talking about your family. Now. Have you started your own family? Oh yeah, so my wife and I been married for eleven years. Angela Peterson has had four kids. My oldest son, agent Peterson Jr.

He passed away five years ago from brain cancer, but he's still yeah, he's still, he still he's still with us in spirit. We still celebrate his birthday. We laugh a little bit, we cry a little bit, laugh a little bit more and crowd a little bit more, but still living. Aidan Aden is a thirteen year old seventh grader, Amelia is a eleven year old fifth grader and Alonga is our soon to be eight year old. Should be eight on Thursday, and she's a second grader. No, that's awesome. It sounds like a great family and I'm sorry for laws of your son. That had to be tough and were. Yeah, so where did you meet her? She from Chicago. No, so we actually met here at George Sun. So okay, yeah, yeah, so see's three years, three years younger. So you know, when I got dressed she was still in school here and stayed and graduated. You know, I thought she was gonna, I'm going to move up, you know, once you graduated, but she like no, no, you got the Cup of Poles. She said it's way to gold up there. Yeah, I don't want to wear those boots. Yeah, I doot. So got engaged and then then she moved up Chicago and we started raising O family. So all of my kids were born in the Chicago area. Yeah, you know, sports is is a tough thing. It can overcome a lot of different adversities for people. It can pull you into a group, it can make you part of a team, part of a family. You can do so many things for you. I know that you have a speech impediment that you talked about, that you deal with it, you talk to other people about so tell me about how sports really helped you with all that, because I sometimes I can be pretty lonely. Yeah, so growing up, man, you're not other pretty young aide. My Mom and dad recognize it, you know, but as a young kid you didn't been the pickup on until you kind of start school and you know, I was just speech for man from kindergarten to always through my senior year in high school, and that was that was one of the divided decide and fight was for my for my mom, that was for where I would the school. You know, she didn't really care about what type of office we ran, who had who had coach was. She wanted to know what type of services could you guys provide for me with my speech and part and at the time they didn't have anything. But you know, my mom said, if he comes here, you guys are going to have to find a speech therapist to work with him. And and they did and I was share million and that was one of the best things happened. We work together five years and that's when I seen the most improvement in my speech. and Ain't know, sports kind of helped a little bit, but but we done with a speech in parliament. It's something that that's that's twenty four hours, seven days a week, twelve months out of the year. So whether it's doing the offseason. As a young kid, you going to pay for gas. You know, we're at the age where you had to go in and speak. When you had to go pay for gas, there was no pay out the punt. So mom would get it. Give me twenty dollars, you say, go put eight dollars with the gas in the tank. You know, had to go into the gas station and try to figure out how I'm going to formulate my worries to say I want eight dollars on on pump to so I mean it was just conversation that, you know, some people take for granted. There I had to think on how am I going to get my words out, because it was something not one, it was something my mom told me to go and do. So I had to get it right and I had to do it. Yeah, so, you know, just having the doose situation I think prepare me man for for anything else in life. If if an always teeth my wife that. I think everybody should be faced with some type of adversity at an early age, I think, in to make a whole lot of better humans. Yeah, you know, just, you know, just growing up. Yeah, you know, and just thinking about that, and I'm sure you do that. You talk about it and you go out and when you talk to kids, because you're going to be recognized by other kids that have same, similar issues. And you know, our president right now has had a speech impediment. He talks about it and how you have to how you can overcome it and it shouldn't get in your way. Right, you work on and it's hard work, but you got to do what you got to do. That to be who you want to be. And what are you doing now? Like who...

...do you deal with in the community? Do you go see kids a lot, talk to kids and are do you kind of like specialize? You just talk to everyone. So yeah, so about five years ago I finish my book, was a titled Don't This my Buil is man's about growing up with the speech and parliament. But as far as the audience, it's whoever. Rather I've spoken. I probably about four hundred, whether it's youth groups of school programs. I suppoke with the Chicago Tightest Club. Miss is that a why? Base? Because you never know who's in the audience. You never know who you're going to motivate, who you got to inspire to, whether is sharing their story, are going on to help help a kid, are helping a singer, Spinson? So I mean you never know who's in you. So I don't try to limit myself. Yes, who, who? Did you write this book on your own? Did you have somebody help you? How this whole story come about? Yeah, so it's start off at just a hobby. I'm ill, was just writing, you know, whether it was in between games or on the flight when I'll season and had a publish. You can come to me. George Southern Grad and he them throughout our us in college and he like, if you make sure to write a book. And while I said matter, already have like fifteen pages, but it will just mumble jumble, it will just my ideas on paper. Yeah, and you know, when you go with the publisher they clean it up, whether it's grammar, adding buffel words to it, whereas you know, I'm just giving an example. I may say it was Monday morning. I woke up. You know, a polished writer would say it was Monday morning. After along Sunday evening. My mom came in the room and woke me up for school. Yeah, you know, simple stuff like that. But as an unpolished writer I was, I did a little research on on writing and they just said just put your ideas on paper. Don't try to add anything. Just put your ideas on paper because if you try to think of what you can add, you made lose your writing rhythm. And that's me when you have writings block. So just put you outeas on paper and then you can always come back and and and add take away stuff. Who who were at the forward in your book? Tracy Ham so, Tracy Ham him and I went to the same high school player, George Southern. Also, he's a legend here. I joined south. His Jersey number is retired. Play the CFL for man, I'm gonna Guess. But about thirteen years one multiple great cups, he was asking on staff. He recruited me here at George Okay and I thought sign of about three weeks I thought signed. The CFL called it and off him another contract. So he went back to the CFL and and playing another four years. But it didn't sit well with my mom, you know. Yeah, he came in. He came in the House and saying, you know, you got to go to take a Asian. When he gets there. Anything he needs, you know, he can always come to me and ain't. My mom is old school. So if you make those words and those guarantees, you better stick to your guns right and now. But whatever. As a as an athlete man, my dad understood, understood and and I now he's a staff. He also had George Southern. So him and I we joke by the all the time and every time he seemed see my mom he remind I told you this was the best place form and she laughs about that. So yeah, but a cool look. Back story on that. Yeah, that is awesome that you did that. I love your book because I think it can help so many so many people will definitely help you share it and get it out with our with our show sorr. And so between what you're doing now and when you retired, was there something else you were doing? Or do you go right to George the southern right away? No, Trot thought. I thought I finished up. I did the book and they become a motivational speaker and and also open up a gym up in the Chicago area with a couple of the couple other guy that played with Jason m key, played for a bright for us,...

...and and Alex Brown defense hand. So we opened up a trainer for selling all posports performers up in you still have it? Yes, our staalogy? I'm yes, Sir Nice. Yeah, I remember Alex. I think he hit me a few times. Okay, actual when I played for the Vikings. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I think you were still. We moved you last year. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, I in my last year though, eight, when I played for the bike because, yeah, I remember. You know what, you and I have something really cool and common. Did you know that we both threw a touchdown to Bernard Berry and that's tell me about to play you through touchdown the Brenard Hey. You know what? So we ran that OTA's OHTA. We ran. It was just old SHAP pridly. We put it in maybe with two days before that practice and it work and ain't know, I think that was the only time we ran. We might have walked through it the week before the game and then it was just just tals. I was supposed to keep going, but the deals and kind of came up and it was a slipper feel. So I just kind of toss it up that he's wild off and so I didn't want to try to do anything special, just just get it toime. It that's a hard throw to make it if it look he's wide open and and you know, I just I didn't try to Finessey, just get it to him and it works. So wait. So how did they know you could throw the ball where? You always in practice, like you know, like Randy Moss is always throwing the ball practice right because he wanted to play quarterback to because the guy could do anything. Yeah, and you know, as back you know we would always wait out there early and just get some some on throws. You just just walking on some catch and stuff. And now, and that was another thing I share with our I was to now he's now man's. It's a pre practice. So when you go to practice, the first pass you catch shouldn't be in seven. No, seven. You know, you know your hands should. You know you should go out there. You get loof and you know, we'd always got this and just throw. And in a running back room I probably had not. Probably I had best arm in the running back room. I love it. I love it. Yeah, but enough. And art is a good dude. He came to the Vikings. He left you guys came to us. Yeah, yeah, yeah, fast man he was. Yeah, that was he was. He was in my he's in the record book with me for ninety nine yards. So it was. That was my I'll never forget that. I thought that was against us. It was. I'm not gonna say anything, but it was. Peter Tillman was out there. Yeah, yeah, he said. Yeah, yeah, we had a pretty good defense that here with both, you know, Patt and Kevin Williams. Oh, yeah, yeah, y'all always load, y'all. Maybe we had jared. Jared Allen was defensive end Henderson biker. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm on the teams. Oh, yeah, it was good. I Love I was one of my favorite place to play, because that place will get allowed. It would, it would imber ow. I remember we played you guys and what's The motorcycing? What's the other guy? Come Out, Ragnar would come right. Yeah, you come out, man. It goes crazy and there it goes crazy. And so, yeah, I'm was like why you got a motorcycle on here, all the fumes in the smoke and you can't breathe, like it drove me crazy about places that have domes and they like fireworks off. I were like, yeah, like you. Never made sense to me. Never made sense to me at all. So t is one of the prerequisites of every Georgia southern player coming in is to read your book. That's a first reading material they have. You know what is not, but I may, I may put that on the on the on the list to do though. Oh Yeah, all for incoming freshman. It's on. It's in their locker. must read by first game. I may put that in the I'm mad and I should like that. Yeah, so I was reading where. You know you've been doing this a while now, how much do you really love doing what you're doing right now? I love it. I love it, and and I actually before I even took job by George, so I was already doing it, just reaching out Trau, student athletes coast. I am something, man, you know. I got it on the got it on as we speak. So and yeah, I love it, you know. So when guys graduated, I'll just hit them up. While I was still...

...in school. What's your plans? If you ever need anything, you know, talk to you know ideas, hit me up. So when I got offered the position, all that, now I'm already kind of doing that. But but if it pays, also, there's when right here. Yeah, well, I'm already doing it because I am cause, you know again now, I was blessed to have mom and dad in the house, strict, but there was fair older brother Mike, who, you know what a superstar high school got the floor, was a superstar in Flos Hall of fame and you know. So I had the blueprint. So all I had to do was following, and that's what I did and I just try to encourage outs doing at least now. Man, you know, I'm not just something that's going to benefit me because I'm old and washed up. Kick back, but everything I'm telling you, man, is just benefit yourself and put you in the best position to be successful. And you know, whether it's is football one in the workforce. Yeah, you know, not every kid gets that blueprint. We all come from here for backgrounds, and you know, you know, you learn that, as you like, from when I went to small town in Pennsylvania to college, to kids from all over in different states coming to one place in one play create a new team, and then going to the NFL and for me playing for seven different teams and meeting people from many, many different backgrounds. It's been it's been amazing for me. And you know we don't all have the same blueprint. You know, sometimes if you can give somebody a little direction or help them sharpen their pencil or give me a better race or whatever it is, you know you can help lead them down the right path and that's all I'm here for as just the port a man. You might not want to do that. You know. Already tried that and that's that ain't going to work. You know. That's right. Great, yeah, I tried that more than one so did try something that's not going to work. Man. All right, before we go, give me your pitch. I I'M gonna go to Georgia southern or I'm going to go to fam either one, but I need to know here your picture why I should come to George Southern. If you want to win. Six Times national champions. Are Multiple College Football Hall of Famers, myself, Tracy Ham, still currently tool, one of the Bella running backs in NFL, currently playing Matt Breeder on Jared Mc Kenny. If you are specialist, tour the best NFL kickers, Tyler Bass. You don't wait. Cool, you pick corner back, kind of field or to his draft pick current the path for the Chicago bears. Off The field, I'm here as a race. Do not leave development. So whatever you're trying to do, I'm here to help you. Internship a job. You know we have resources for you. All right, coach, what if I'm a kid and I say could where the girls look like? Come on, man, I found my wife here. You know I'll go. That's eighteen. I found a wife. Yeah, and here here, here, here about tell them. I know you thinking for today. You Thinking for tomorrow. I'm thinking for when you old like me. This is what you want to have, right. I love it. I love it. So tell of our fans, coach, where they can find you and and how they can follow you. Yeah, so I'm on all of my my social media, instagram and twitter, is AP GSU three. If you want the book, a booting for speaking agent, Peterson threecom, a your three. Peterson threecom is your website, and what is on like? What? What can we find on your website? I have my book. Arm is on there. Contact you want to butt for speaking engagement and just look content of my my life. Yeah, so, all right, everyone, you heard it right from ajor his mouth. You know. If you want to check them out, good, Ay. Adrian Peterson Threecom, check out his book. Don't this my abilities. He's given us a lot to listen to. And if you want to go somewhere, you want to win, you want to learn from the best, definitely go to Georgia southern. It's all you young guys out there looking for the place to go. Georga southern is it. You're going to have incredible people around you and they're going to give you the right blueprint to follow in life so that there's nothing more important than that. So thank you, Adrian, for joining me. Man, it was an awesome it was awesome getting to know you and I hope you thank you bad touch. Appreciate thank you for having...

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