Even without their approval, professional athletes have become role models in our society. People look up to these athletes and model everything that they wear, say, and do. We follow them on Facebook, twitter, Instagram and any other form of social media they are involved. Just to feel like we have a connection with them. But these athletes are human being as well. We watch these mistakes play out everyday on various sports shows to the news media in general. This is know different for Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson.
Adrian Peterson is a household name to sports fans everywhere. We have watched him dominate at the University of Oklahoma and continue to play at a high level andÂ Pro Bowl running back for the Minnesota Vikings. Just like many professional athletes Adrian had to endure many trials and tribulations in his early life to get to where he is now. Watching the death of his older brother run over by a drunk driver, his father being imprisoned during his teenage years, and the murder of his half brother shot and killed in 2007. He continued to work to his dream of becoming a NFL player.
By now all sports fans have heard of the tragic beating death of Adrian Peterson’s two year old son Tyrese Robert Ruffin.Â Allegedly by the hands of his mothers new boyfriend Joey Patterson who has a history of violence against women and children, but that’s a whole other story. No man, women, or especially a child should have to deal with the level of violence and abuse that this child had to endure. Adrian had just found out about his son two month ago, and unfortunately he never got to meet his child in person until he lay unresponsive in a South Dakota hospital. Once Adrian was aware of the child he immediately began to financially support the mother and his child. Now various media outlets are reporting that Adrian Peterson may have fathered up to 7 children with 5 women whom he had never married. This has nothing to do with all of the great things that he has done in his life.
You can be a role model without everything in your life being perfect. Nobody is perfect and we become so hard on people that we seem to forget that they are human as well. We hold people to a standard that we could not live up to ourselves. Adrian has financially supported all the mother’s and children he has fathered. This is his business not ours. Could we handle life in the microscope that many athletes have to deal with? Probably not so think about that the next time you are judging not just athletes, but people in general.