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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."

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