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10/21/07-Irving, Texas

"That's My Baby!" Peterson's Family Cheers On RB Against Cowboys

In high school Adrian Petesron was the Palestine Wildcat's homecoming king. In his pro debut at Texas Stadium, his state homecoming, in many ways Adrian was still king.

Adrian had hundreds of fans at Texas stadium but none louder and more excited than his mother Bonita and father Nelson. After Adrian's first quarter touchdown, Bonita high-fived the fans beside her shouting, "That's my baby!"

"I am so proud," Bonita said. "When he made that score it was a great feeling."

The moment may have been even sweeter for dad Nelson. Nelson missed most of Adrian's college career as he severed a jail sentence, but he has supported his son since he first picked up a football.

"It's a dream come true. From Palestine, Texas and Anderson County little league when he was seven years old to see him in Dallas' stadium is truly a blessing."

Adrian was blessed with his parents athletic genes. Bonita once the fastest girl in the state and Nelson a college basketball star. The media has crowned Adrian the future of the NFL.

"It's always good when people say nice things about your son," Bonita said, "and you know Adrian has really performed well and we're proud of him and we just want him to continue his success."

It is Adrian's family helping the young super star stay humble.

"Adrian and I have always had conversations about things happening in the world and one of the greatest sayings I always tell him is it's like a light switch," Nelson said. "It can cut on for you. It can cut off just like that. So stay humble, keep God first and everything else that you are going will be alright."

Bonita, Nelson and the dozens of family and friends hung on Adrian's every move. He finished against the Cowboys with 63 rushing yards, 12 receiving yards, one touchdown and a fumble.

"It felt good to be around the family, there were fans in the stands looking on," Adrian said. "It would have been a much better feeling if we here with a win.

It is rare that fans at Texas Stadium cheer for players from opposing teams, especially when they score. There were of course some boo's for Adrian but then came some cheers as Texans recognized one of their own is NFL's brightest new star.
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