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Adrian Peterson Ditching His Own Football Camp to Film Top 100 Players Show

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson will not be appearing at his own football camp because he’s going to film a show for NFL Network instead. Here’s the note that appeared on the camp’s website explaining his absence, as the Tulsa World pointed out:

Adrian Peterson is being featured on the NFL Top 100 program and will not be able to attend this week’s camp. Although we are saddened to hear that he won’t be able to attend his camp, we congratulate Adrian on the honor. Since we learned the news, ProCamps has been working around the clock to maintain a program that still provides a first-class experience to all campers and allows interaction with various Sooner stars. All-time Sooner greats Mark Clayton, DeMarco Murray and Jason White will serve as special guest hosts at camp.

The camp runs Thursday and Friday at the University of Oklahoma and it’s pleasing they will have Sooners stars in attendance as guest hosts. However, it’s extremely difficult to overlook Peterson ditching his own camp to film the show. Not only is Peterson’s name used to market the camp, they also promote his presence as a selling point. Check out this camp information posted on their facebook group:

“Join Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back and former Sooner All-American Adrian Peterson for football fundamentals and fun at the Adrian Peterson Football Camp. … Adrian Peterson will give daily talks highlighting the finer points of the game of football and beyond. Parents and guests will be able to listen to camp guests in designated areas at each location.”

They also promise an autographed team photo which will become a DeMarco Murray autograph. They’re charging $199 for the camp which is not a fortune, but that still doesn’t change that it’s wrong for Peterson to ditch his own camp. This is the same guy so connected to his hometown he skipped minicamp to attend an Adrian Peterson Day last year. With priorities like that, it’s hard to believe he left his campers behind.

I understand when conflicts arise, but as someone who has bought into an event based on a selling point that didn’t pay off, I can imagine the disappointment of the campers looking forward to meeting him. What’s really sad is this is the second major P.R. gaffe for Peterson this offseason. Oh yeah, photos show Peterson was present for the past three camps.

UPDATE: NFL Network says this has nothing to do with them and that Peterson is filming the show live with them in July.

UPDATE II: Adrian Peterson has apologized for missing the camp. He issued his apology to the Associated Press through his agent saying:

“I want to apologize to all the fans about the confusion regarding the camp in Norman. ‘I hosted camps in Palestine and Tyler, Texas, last week that went great. Due to ProCamps misunderstanding of my schedule, I was never able to host this year’s Norman camp on their scheduled dates, but look forward to being back in 2012.”



Around The Web

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    Wow. What an honor to be in the top 100 active players of 2011?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1404764803 Kevin Folino

    Way to think of others!  I’m sure that the NFL Network would reschedule (either push up or back) the filming to accommodate Peterson attending his camp for kids.   I’d like to comment on a couple things Mr Brown wrote in his article:
    1. “They’re charging $199 for the camp which is not a fortune…” – Depending on the demographics of the kids attending….a good percentage might be from inner city families, and $199 can be a big deal for some, especially in this economy!

    2. “This is the same guy so connected to his hometown he skipped minicamp to attend an Adrian Peterson Day last year. With priorities like that, it’s hard to believe he left his campers behind” – Skipped minicamp to attend a day dedicated to HIM….and skipped the kids camp to film a show which featured HIM.  It’s obvious that Peterson’s priorities are to himself!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1404764803 Kevin Folino

    Way to think of others!  I’m sure that the NFL Network would reschedule (either push up or back) the filming to accommodate Peterson attending his camp for kids.   I’d like to comment on a couple things Mr Brown wrote in his article:
    1. “They’re charging $199 for the camp which is not a fortune…” – Depending on the demographics of the kids attending….a good percentage might be from inner city families, and $199 can be a big deal for some, especially in this economy!

    2. “This is the same guy so connected to his hometown he skipped minicamp to attend an Adrian Peterson Day last year. With priorities like that, it’s hard to believe he left his campers behind” – Skipped minicamp to attend a day dedicated to HIM….and skipped the kids camp to film a show which featured HIM.  It’s obvious that Peterson’s priorities are to himself!

  • http://www.facebook.com/keenan.m.daniels Keenan Daniels

    What a jerk. You can’t attend your football camp because? Wait, the NFL says you don’t have to film for the top 100 thing until next month. So, what is the next lie? What garbage. Hope you blow a knee this year.

  • Mexoplex

    somehow the NFL shouldnt be talking to AP anyway…. doesnt somebody own somebody else?

    and AP: look dude. what, you dont get your “honor” if you dont show? do you honestly think they arent going to include you in the ranking if you didnt show?
    NOW who thinks they are an entertainer and icon? Get over yourself.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PXPMSAR7LNVYF6OYUEJ3HR6AHY Casey

    I went to the Kanasas State Camp in 1996 when KSU wasn’t a very good program.  Being there with 500 kids wanting to be a KSU Wildcat the head coach should make an appereance.  We never saw Coach Snyder once he stayed up in office at the stadium.  That is a total contrast to what the next week was with the Nebraska camp Osborne was an active participant walking to every group everyday and adressing the camp in several meetings.

  • Anonymous

    If you were in his shoes you might have a different perspective.  Yea its a shame that he chose not to go to HIS camp but the kids still received all-star training, and most probably won’t even retain a 1/4 of what they were taught. They should give everyone who paid to attend camp their money back or at least half because who knows what it cost to run a camp with Mark Clayton, DeMarco Murray and Jason White.  I understand why the people who attended and paid for the camp may feel some resentment or anger towards Adrian, but outside of that no one else should really care.  That selfish douche isn’t going anywhere so they can go to “Adrian Peterson” camp next year with smiles on their faces and mended hearts.