Legendary Adrian Peterson returns to GSU for Homecoming

Shakeem Holloway

Georgia Southern University Hall of Fame running back returns to campus this Saturday, Nov. 10 for Homecoming to sign copies of his autobiography “Don’t Dis my Abilities.”

Adrian Peterson will greet fans at The University Store from 9 a.m. to noon before the Eagles face Howard University in the homecoming game. “Don’t Dis My Abilities” pays an ode to GSU as Peterson describes his life and how the school supported him in dealing with his speech impediment.

“Not only was Adrian one of the best football players to ever play here and certainly one of the best football players that I’ve ever coached, he’s one of the best team players I’ve ever been around,” GSU head football coach Jeff Monken, who was an assistant coach when Peterson played for the Eagles, said.

The University Store is currently the only retailer selling Peterson’s autobiography, which sells for $23.95 for the hardcover edition.

The first time Peterson came to GSU for his book signing, Eagle fans came out in full support and greeted Peterson with love.

Peterson led the Eagles to back-to-back national championships in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He also received the Walter Payton award for his excellent performance in the 1999 season.

Peterson holds FCS career records in 16 different categories as well as 30 school and playoff records. Records include career touchdowns (84), most games with 100 or more rushing yards (40), and is the NCAA Division 1 all-time leading rusher with 6,559 yards in the regular season.

After graduating from GSU in 2001, Peterson was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round where he played eight seasons.

Peterson, his wife and three children currently live outside of Chicago where Peterson works in a coaching internship program with the Chicago Bears.