Thursday night’s game between the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings is not an enticing matchup. On paper, it looks the Vikings should roll over the Redskins with ease. If they don’t, it will likely be because of one man—a former Viking and one of the greatest running backs in NFL history.
I’m talking about current Redskins running back Adrian Peterson.
While his greatness is without question, most fans are likely not aware of what he has used to fuel his body as he runs through opposing defenses—cookies and ice cream.
The Power of Sweets
When you look at Adrian Peterson, the last thing you expect to hear about him eating is a lot of desserts. He is an impressive physical specimen—which is not common for those who love and enjoy sweets like he has been known to. According to some of his former teammates, that is exactly what powered him back in 2007 when he ran for a record 296 yards in a single game against the then-San Diego Chargers.
Several of them shared into Peterson and his sweet tooth The Athletic’s Chad Graff:
Chad Greenway, linebacker: Adrian always had these epic desserts the night before games. After meetings, we’d all go and get a snack and what whatever college football game was on and hang out. Before the Chargers game, he had this ridiculous dessert from a restaurant, but then he also added a bunch of ice cream to it…
Jim Kleinsasser, tight end: He could eat cake and it would come out as pure awesomeness.
Greenway: On that day, I know ice cream and cookies were involved.
Tarvaris Jackson, quarterback: He was a big sweets guy.