Adrian Peterson explains why he’s playing against the Panthers

Despite the unexpected devastating news Adrian Peterson was hit with on Friday, Minnesota’s star running back will be suiting up for the Vikings on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He explained why in a text to Laura Okmin (via Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo):

“My brother died the night before the combine and I decided to go through with it. 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.”

Peterson’s son was hospitalized on Friday after being physically abused by his mother’s boyfriend. Shortly after, doctors removed him from life support and he passed away.

Ever the graceful human, Peterson has held his head high the entire time.