NFL dads are on a roll this season.
Adrian Peterson’s father, Nelson, is the latest parent to publicly critique an NFL team in defense of his son.
Earlier this week, Nelson said he’s “disappointed” that the Vikings didn’t reach out to Peterson for a reunion when Dalvin Cook suffered a shoulder injury Sunday in a loss to the 49ers.
Minnesota, instead, looked to former Lions RB Kerryon Johnson for a tryout.
“He never heard anything from the Vikings and you go in and bring in a guy Adrian beat out in Detroit [in 2020],” Nelson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Peterson, instead, signed with the Seahawks on Wednesday after being waived by the Titans last month.
Peterson, 36, started his career in Minnesota after they selected him in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He went on to play 10 seasons with the Vikings, and rushed for 11,747 yards and 119 touchdowns while in Minnesota.
Peterson was also a First-Team All-Pro selection with the Vikings four different times.
His father’s comments came days after Kareem Hunt’s father took to Facebook to criticize Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield after Cleveland’s loss to the Ravens on Sunday night.
Hunt Sr. was the second Browns dad to voice displeasure with the quarterback. His remarks came a few weeks after Odell Beckham Jr.’s father did the same in a post on Instagram.
Beckham Sr. shared an 11-minute video that showed Mayfield not targeting the receiver in multiple games this season. Beckham parted ways with the Browns days after his father’s post, and signed with the Rams days later.
The seven-time Pro Bowler returned to the league in early November to sign with Tennessee after running back Derrick Henry suffered a foot injury. Peterson rushed for 82 yards on 27 carries for the Titans.
Peterson said Thursday that his “love for the game” motivates him to keep playing after over a decade in the league.
“I feel like I can still compete at a high level. Just having the opportunity to help teams, to inspire guys. That’s one of the most rewarding things. When I see guys, and they say to me, ‘Man, just keep doing what you’re doing,’ it’s so inspiring,” he said.
Peterson, following his tenure with the Vikings, has had stints with the Cardinals, Saints, Washington Football Team, Lions, Titans, and now the Seahawks.