Former GSU star running back visits campus for book release signing

Photo by: Chad Kenney

Shakeem Holloway

The University Store hosted former Georgia Southern University star running back, Adrian Peterson’s signing of his autobiography “Don’t Dis My Abilities” Friday and Saturday.

The book signing lasted for two hours, plus a little more for the crowd to finally disperse. There were GSU students and alumni in attendance for the signing.

“It’s great, it’s great. Not based on numbers, but this is home. I spent five years here and it’s great to come back,” Peterson said.

Peterson will be inducted into Georgia Southern Athletics Hall of Fame at halftime of the Samford University game Saturday.

“It’s AP, he’s a legend here at GSU. He was the first to win the Walter Payton Award and he won two titles here,” exercise science graduate student Taylor Jones said.

People in attendance were able to greet Peterson, take pictures and get GSU apparel and more signed by the great former GSU running back. There were highlights of some of Peterson’s best runs at GSU playing behind him while signing books.

”I think it’s cool he’s writing about everything he went through. So he’s coming back to his alma mater, Georgia Southern,” junior international studies and French major Amelia Edwards said.

Peterson talked about what inspired him to write his book.

“Get the word out into my life. A lot of people see on the football field, but don’t realize what people who have disabilities go through on a day to day basis. It could also inspire kids who are going through something,” Peterson said.

Peterson’s book covers his speech impediment, his time on campus at GSU and dealing with his daughter’s medical issues.