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4/28/07-New York City

Three East Texans Taken In First Two Rounds of the NFL Draft

It was a banner day for Three East Texans chosen in the first two rounds of the NFL draft.

Adrian Peterson was a highly- touted running back coming out of Palestine High School just three years ago.

Saturday, he became a highly touted NFL prospect. In New York City for the draft, Peterson proudly strolled onto the stage holding a Minnesota Vikings Jersey.

After three seasons as an Oklahoma Sooner, Peterson said he is ready for the new challenge.

"It's been a great experience," Peterson said.  "It's something I've been dreaming about since I was young. So I'm just excited. God has truly blessed me, and I'm going to make the best of the opportunity."

Attending the draft ceremonies with Adrian were his family and his former high school coach, Jeff Harrell.

"It's speaks a lot about Adrian that he never forgot where he came from," Harrell said. "I'm just his old high school coach and he thought enough of me to invite me here and it just meant the world to me."

"We're happy and we're blessed and we're Vikings," Adrian's mother, Bonita Jackson said. "We're just excited about everything going on."

"It's just something that he always wanted to do and he's worked hard at it," his father Nelson Peterson said. "He's always been respectful that's the way to go."

John Tyler graduate and Texas Longhorn Aaron Ross was also a first-round pick, taken by the New York Giants at number 20.

KLTV 7's Maya Golden spent the day with Ross's high school and college teammate, Tim Crowder. The defensive end was chosen by the Denver Broncos in the second round.

After waiting for more than nine hours inside, the few words to change Tim's life and career came when he stepped outside.

"I just needed some fresh air and they called me right when I walked outside," he said.

Tim and his family sat through the longest first round of the draft in NFL history before the former JT Lion heard those magic words over his cell phone.

"They just told me congratulations and welcome to the team," Tim said of the Broncos.

With tears in his eyes, there were hugs all around for the NFL rookie. Countless hours of hard work on the field and nights dreaming of being a pro, all paid off Saturday night.

"Just give thanks to God," Tim said.

Tim seemed out of breath and his heart was racing after the news. His parents, Jesse and Betty, felt a bit faint themselves. Their son's dream has come true, and all those long drives to practice and games seemed worth it.

"I just started running to him and he started hugging me," Jesse said. "I'm kind of in a state of shock."

"I'm just so full I don't know what to say," Betty said. "He really deserves it and I'm so proud of my baby."

Tim won a national championship the Longhorns. Now, he eyes the prize with the Denver Broncos.

He has always had a cheering section no matter where he's gone, but suddenly there are a whole lot of Broncos fans in East Texas.

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