When Toby Gerhart was a rookie in 2010, he joined a backfield that was spearheaded by arguably the most talented running back in the NFL. That can be an intimidating situation to come into, but from the sound of it Adrian Peterson tried to make the Stanford standout feel right at home. In fact, Peterson even let Gerhart borrow a set of wheels once. Maybe he shouldn’t have.
When talking to Chris and Ben on XTRA Sports Radio in San Diego earlier this week, Gerhart told a story about how he got Peterson’s sports car stuck in the snow.
“I didn’t have a car up here just yet and so I was borrowing one of Adrian’s cars,” Gerhart recalled according to Sports Radio Interviews. “It was this little sports car. And I didn’t even realize it snowed until I opened the garage, and I was like, ‘Oh no, I’m in trouble.’ I decided I didn’t want to drive. I tried to call a couple guys — nobody answered. And I was a rookie, I was scared to be late to meetings so I was like, ‘All right, I gotta just try to go for it.’ And I was slipping and sliding the whole way and couldn’t make it up the last little hill into the facility.”
That sounds like a situation rookies probably wake up in a cold sweat just thinking about before their first season with a team. Talk about embarrassing. Stories like this help explain why veterans choose to do stuff like this, this, this and this to rookies. Even if they cut them some slack, they’d probably just screw up anyway.Google+