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6/23/07-Palestine

"All Day" Gets His Special Day

The number 28 never held as much meaning as it did Saturday.  Since his season as the nation's number one recruit at Palestine, Adrian Peterson has been known to folks all across East Texas by the nickname "All Day."  Saturday, was indeed Adrian's day.

The town held a parade and gave a special honor to the Minnesota Vikings rookie.

"It feels so good just to be back home," said Adrian.  On every street corner, on hand made signs, even on the cars passing by it was all the number 28, all for Adrian.

"I always dreamed about this," Adrian said. "That's where it starts.  It starts at a young age and dreaming and always believing.  Just doing what it takes to accomplish that."  Out of the millions of American athletes, Adrian is one of the select few to make it to the pros.  Saturday, his hometown honored the hard work it took for him to get there.

"It's very exciting," said Adrian's father Nelson Peterson.  "It's very moving to know that the people of Palestine supported him for his four years here and his three years at Oklahoma.  It's a great tribute to him."  Fans shouted Adrian's name, hoping to get a smile or a wave from the young NFL star.  At Adrian's old stomping ground of Wildcat Stadium, he was honored with Palestine's first hometown hero award.  Friends and family shared their encouragement and memories.

"He's still just the same sweet kid he was in high school," said his former coach Jeff Harrell.  Holding a photo album Jo Sarah Harrell was all smiles.

"When (Adrian) was tenth grade he was practicing his autograph at Jeff's desk," she explained.  "I said what are you doing? He said, 'practicing my autograph' and so we kept it.  We have eight year old twins and they look up to Adrian and think he's the world. I think it's great for any little boy or girl to look up to someone like Adrian who's been able to hold it all together and done well and been respected."  Adrian's framed number 28 jersey will hang in the school halls he once roamed, a testament to any athlete they can make it.

"I just wanted you all to know that I love you," Adrian said to the crowd of hundreds. "Just want to say that I'm going to represent Palestine to the fullest."

Maya Golden, reporting. mgolden@kltv.com


 

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