So I am sitting here in the office, perusing the interwebs before I start my shift here on Manitou Heights, and what do I see on the Yahoo main page? An article about Adrian Peterson having a bold goal in a new sport. Knowing that it is Yahoo, a site famous for having misleading headlines, I click on it expecting to read that AP hopes to win his neighborhood sack race championship or some dumb thing like that. But, as it turns out, AP would like to qualify for the Olympics. Not like, he once held the goal and now often day dreams about it, but legitimately would like to compete at one of the 2016 Olympic qualifying events, running the 200 and 400 meter races. Link below.
Oh boy. My first thought was, "Come on AP, we need you to be focusing on the Vikings, and winning in the NFL." But, the more I think about it, the more I have to say, good for you man! Go do it! I'll root for you.
We get so caught up in being Vikings fans sometimes that we forget that these guys are people too. They have aspirations beyond the NFL. For them, this is only the beginning of their adult lives. When a guy reaches his mid 30's, his football days become numbered, as do your days of competing in any sport at a professional level, but those years are really the prime years of adulthood. AP's window to accomplish goals like this won't be open for long. He is currently 27 and would be 31 by the time the Summer Games role around again. I only hope that by that time, he will have helped us win a Super Bowl and still return to us after he chases that dream. So go for it AP! Because if anyone can make that transition, it is you, you cyborg freak of nature (I mean that in a good way, of course.)