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4/27/07-Palestine

"Greatest Player I Coached"

Hundreds have worn the Palestine Wildcats jersey. But only one has ever wowed the entire country: number 28, Adrian Peterson.

"He is the greatest player that I've had to coach," said Palestine head coach Glen Tunstall. "As a coach you hope that you get the opportunity to get to coach some young man like that in your career, and Adrian was mine."

Glen had been an assistant coach with Wildcats for three years before Adrian suited up. In that time, at most, the team had won two games.

"(Adrian's) junior and senior year, we won nine games and we were bi-district champions one year," Tunstall said. "He and his teammates set a standard here at Palestine."

It was Adrian's speed that separated him from the others and eventually made him the number one college recruit in the country.

"He was the third fastest kid in the state of Texas as a sophomore, and that includes all classifications," Tunstall said. "He's 6'2" and 217 pounds and runs a sub four-point-four, 40 (yards). That's just God given talent what he's got."

Four three years, Glen would not let anyone of his players wear Adrian's jersey.

"I was never going to let anybody wear number 28 until he got through playing at Oklahoma."

Now, as other young Wildcats try to follow in Adrian's footsteps, Glen will allow the number 28 to be worn again at Palestine. But he's got something special in mind for Adrian's original jerseys.

"His jersey will be hanging in a frame for him to get whenever he wants them."

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