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Adrian Peterson

I Won't Let My Son Play Football

2/23/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Minnesota Vikings
star Adrian Peterson -- aka Purple Jesus ... aka one of the greatest running backs of all time -- says he'll NEVER LET HIS SON PLAY FOOTBALL!!!

Peterson was out in Houston last week for All-Star Weekend -- carrying his young son -- when he said, "This is Adrian Jr. He won't be playing football."

There are a million possible reasons for why a dad wouldn't let his son play football -- but coming from one of the greatest NFL players ever, it's pretty shocking.

The likely explanation ... the game of football has recently come under intense scrutiny for its long-term health risks -- following the high-profile suicides of several NFL stars, including Junior Seau.

The deaths have been attributed to a brain disease stemming from injuries the players sustained during their careers.

Even President Obama has commented on the health concerns -- saying if he had a son, he would have to think about whether he would let him play football.

Granted, it's not like Adrian's kid will ever need pro football money ... but we still gotta ask ...

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Rhonda Rousey is fighting in the UFC tonight.Where the hell is your crack sports desk? I know concussions are a big deal in football now,but I could care less what A.P. is going to tell his baby what to do with his life.

605 days ago

Antoinette Auglair    

come on but he's playen the game AP yall don;t know what yall want if thay had to do it again was not makeing that money all thay kids will be playing the game i hate them have n have not give AP some time out of the game like all of them borke football player.thay mom n dad n kids will be playing the game.

605 days ago


We are becoming a nation of whiny little pansies. Thank you all the parents that raised their kids playing sports that never kept score to teach them to loose and never telling your kid no or smacking them at least once when they needed it.

604 days ago
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