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Adrian Peterson on why he's playing after son's death

Adrian Peterson is playing for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, just a few days after experiencing the most painful loss imaginable.

It's a personal decision, and we don't believe any discussion about the merits of the decision are appropriate. It's his choice. On Sunday, in a text message to Laura Okmin of Fox Sports, Peterson explained his thinking:

"My brother passed the night before the combine and I decided to go through with it," he wrote. "The same reason why I will play this week. You may ask why? God wants good to come from it ... We mourn and grieve but heaven had the baddest welcoming party for my son. That knowledge gives me peace.

"I'm still hurt and feel the pain of life, but I'm able to function because of the peace and joy of knowing my loved ones are in a much better place."

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