Former NFL running back Adrian Peterson coming to Georgia Southern

Ashley Jones

Former NFL running back, Adrian Peterson, will be visiting Georgia Southern University next week to speak on his new book “Don’t Dis My Abilities.”

GS Health Services has invited Peterson to speak on overcoming his speech impediment and going on to play for the Chicago Bears. Peterson is a former NFL running back as well as a former college running back for the GS football team. He played for GS from 1998-2001.

During his college career, he was awarded “Most Outstanding Player” in the I-AA division. He went down in history as the first college sophomore to take home this award.

In 2005 he was one of the two best running backs for the Chicago Bears, and in 2012 he was inducted into the Georgia Southern Hall of Fame.

His career was cut short after sustaining a knee injury in 2011. Years later, Peterson lost his 7-year old son due to cancer in 2015.

“Don’t Dis My Abilities” tells the story of Adrian Peterson and how he overcame the many trials he has endured throughout life. From losing his son to sustaining a career altering knee injury, the former NFL running back is still able to preserve and motivate others to be the best they can be.

Peterson is set to speak on Monday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Russell Union Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.