When the news broke about the arrest of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson this past weekend, it got me thinking about some things.
Despite not knowing most of the facts about the situation, many fans greeted the news of his arrest with jeers and snickers. I get it, it’s what fans do. Whenever a member of a rival team (especially a hated rival team like the Vikings) does something stupid and gets in trouble, it’s natural for fans of the other team or teams to poke fun at the situation.
Look at all the trouble members of the Detroit Lions have been in. It was obvious Jim Schwartz was leading a team that had many clowns on it last year after the Suh stomping incident, but this offseason has just confirmed it. It’s despicable and a sign of a bad culture inside that locker room. The criticism Schwartz and the Lions have been receiving is deserved.
However, Peterson’s incident (which at the moment sounds incredibly sketchy) deserves no such wrath of fans. Despite playing for “the purple team,” Peterson has been an upright citizen since coming into the NFL and has done nothing wrong previously to earn such scorn from fans.
The only “wrong” he has done is that he made the Packers defense look foolish multiple times and that’s obviously why Packer fans greeted the news with such venom. That reason however is not an excuse to celebrate a guy going to jail who has previously been squeaky clean.
If it sounds like I actually like and respect Adrian Peterson, it’s because I do. As I told Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee on Twitter Sunday, as much as I love the Packers I also love the game of football and respect those who have played and currently play it, regardless of what color uniform they wear.
So yes I enjoy watching Peterson play….in those other 14 games in the regular season just like I enjoyed watching not let the color blindness that is team loyalty cloud our sight or our judgment.
In that theme, I present to you, in no particular order, five NFC North (non-Packer) players I hate to love.
Adrian Peterson, RB Minnesota Vikings
Before you rip me a new one, please keep in mind I mean in the other 14 games when these teams are not playing the Green Bay Packers.