Adrian Peterson joins Lunsford’s staff

Adrian Peterson joins the Eagles football staff as the new director of student-athlete development.

Ashton Christianson and Matthew Enfinger

Former Eagles star running back Adrian Peterson was named the new director of student-athlete development for the Georgia Southern University football program.

“It’s an honor to be back at Georgia Southern, a University that helped me grow as a young man,” Peterson said in a gseagle.com article. “Now I get the opportunity help our student-athletes grow on and off the field.”

He will be serving as a mentor to many GS football players, help oversee their academic progress and have a hand in recruitment for the GS football team.

Peterson led the Eagles Football team to two national titles and three championship games and was the first sophomore to win the Walter Payton Award for being the top player in the nation at the Football Championship Subdivision level.

He played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears in 2002 and was a Super Bowl XLI participant.

In 2017, Peterson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

“Adding Adrian Peterson to our staff is something that means a lot to Georgia Southern and to our community,” Coach Chad Lunsford said in a gseagles.com article. “He will serve a daily role in the lives of our student-athletes. His life experiences will definitely be of great benefit to our players and he will be able to serve them as a role model for them. We keep talking about the right fit and blue collar and no exemplifies that more than AP. He will be a huge asset to this program and I’m fired up to be able to get him back to Statesboro.”