Torrey Smith offers words of advice to Adrian Peterson
Today, sad news shocked the NFL as it was reported that Adrian Peterson’s two-year old son had died due to the injuries he suffered after allegedly being assaulted by his mother’s boyfriend. Earlier today, before it was announced that his son had died, Peterson released a statement saying that he would play this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. Peterson’s reasoning was that he is able to release a lot of stress by playing.
Since the announcement that his son has passed away, Peterson has not reiterated the fact that he will play this Sunday. Some may argue that Peterson should stay in South Dakota to be with his family during this difficult time.
However, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith believes Peterson should play this Sunday.
Smith went through a very similar situation as Peterson last September as his younger brother was killed in a motorcycle accident.
Smith chose to play the team’s Sunday night game only one day after his brother had died and went on to haul in two touchdowns and 127 yards.
Today, following the news of the death of Peterson’s son, Smith took to Twitter to offer some words of advice for the Vikings running back.
Check out the Tweet below:
Playing after tragedy is therapy. Staying home doesn’t change what life has thrown at you Playing in their honor is rewarding for the family
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) October 11, 2013
While I certainly cannot tell exactly how I would react if I lost a child, if I was Adrian Peterson I would be on the field this Sunday. Not only would playing allow Peterson a few hours of a distraction from the heartache, but being around his teammates may help him emotionally as well.