Adrian Peterson helps to feed East Texans - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Adrian Peterson helps to feed East Texans

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - There is one side of Adrian Peterson that everyone knows, the side that leads the NFL in rushing yards.

But there is another side few see, that of a small town kid, coming home.

"It feels good you know, the small town of Palestine, they have someone to follow and they look up to," said Peterson, "The kids and the adults, they are proud of me, and they can say 'hey, he is from my hometown!'"

"It is great to see him coming back," said one Palestine resident, "I am just glad enough to get a chance to hug him."

And all the hugs were well deserved.

The NFL star won't be carrying a football this week, instead, he and his foundation, The Adrian Peterson All-Day Foundation, came back to his hometown, delivering 300 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need.

"I had a plan during the bye week, and so far it is working out good," said Peterson, "So to be able to come out and get people in the community and bless them with some food for thanksgiving, I enjoy it."

Peterson has become a household name all across the country for his actions on the field.

It is what he does off the field, that makes him stand out.

"In reality, that is what it is all about, being a good role model, for the kids, and especially for the kids in the small towns," he said, "That it does not matter what how small your town is, if you have the will, you can do whatever you want."

Words to live by, from a man, who hit it big, but never forgot where it began.

"This is where it all started, these are the people that knew me before I was a superstar, so I love to be able to come back and give back to the community."

*Copyright, KLTV, All Rights Reserved.

  • KLTV SportsLocal SportsMore>>

  • Cowboys Gregory Reinstated

    Cowboys Gregory Reinstated

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:46 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:46:37 GMT

    Cowboys welcome back some help on defense in the name of Randy Gregory.  Suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

    More >>

    Cowboys welcome back some help on defense in the name of Randy Gregory.  Suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

    More >>
  • Lufkin Juniors heading to Southwest Regionals after coming back against West University

    Lufkin Juniors heading to Southwest Regionals after coming back against West University

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:27 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:27:53 GMT
    Source: KTRE SportsSource: KTRE Sports

    The results of the Junior League championship series could not be more different than day or night but the result was all that mattered for the boys from Lufkin.

    More >>

    The results of the Junior League championship series could not be more different than day or night but the result was all that mattered for the boys from Lufkin.

    More >>
  • Love of the Game: Ac hires Arkansas’ Arledge

    Love of the Game: Ac hires Arkansas’ Arledge

    Monday, July 16 2018 11:07 PM EDT2018-07-17 03:07:09 GMT
    Source: KTRE SportsSource: KTRE Sports

    On a hot, humid East Texas Monday, Jake Arledge sat and visited with Angelina Baseball Coach Jeff Livin. After the morning talk the two would leave the AC cooled office and venture into the heat to look for an apartment. Five years ago, Arledge would have never thought his life would bring him to Lufkin.

    More >>

    On a hot, humid East Texas Monday, Jake Arledge sat and visited with Angelina Baseball Coach Jeff Livin. After the morning talk the two would leave the AC cooled office and venture into the heat to look for an apartment. Five years ago, Arledge would have never thought his life would bring him to Lufkin.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly