Peterson plays the slave card
Cold, Hard Football Facts for March 17, 2011
Pigskin Detention is traditionally reserved for misguided pigskin “pundits” who attempt to analyze football without the deadly accurate Cold, Hard Football Facts in their arsenal.
But today we induct a player: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. You might have heard that Peterson said Tuesday of the NFL labor dispute: “It’s modern-day slavery, you know?”
Apparently, Peterson was not a history major at the University of Oklahoma.
His comments have already produced a huge backlash. So we're not going to pile on. Instead, here in Pigskin Detention, we like to highlight the absurd to embarrass the stupid and the misguided.
You know, people like Peterson or, in years past, like Warren Sapp, who have broken out “the slavery card” during disputes with management. Apparently, they confuse being young, famous and filthy rich with being an anonymous piece of human chattel.
Gee, and some people think our education system is broken.
So, to help with the education process, here’s a little summary of the difference between the life of a modern football player who has had everything handed to him merely by virtue of athletic talent, in this case Peterson, and the life of a slave, in this case Nat Turner. Both, you might say, had disputes with management.
CLAIM to FAME
Adrian Peterson: Ran for 1,925 yards as a freshman at Oklahoma in 2004 and was NFL offensive rookie of the year in 2007.
Nat Turner: Led slave rebellion in Virginia in 1831 that helped change the course of American history.
Adrian Peterson: Pro football player. Paid to play a boy's game 16 times each year in front of 75,000 screaming fans.
Nat Turner: Field hand. Not paid to pick tobacco every day except Sunday in front of a whip-wielding slave master.
Adrian Peterson: Attended a major American university on the public dole, simply by virtue of his athletic talent.
Nat Turner: Taught himself how to read the Bible in a crude slave hut.
Adrian Peterson: Makes about $7 million per year.
Nat Turner: Was fed gruel each day.
Adrian Peterson: Purple Jesus, because he plays for a team whose colors are purple.
Nat Turner: The Prophet, because he had Biblical visions of freedom for slaves.
Adrian Peterson: Resides in a palatial suburban home in tony Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with a bathroom for every day of the week.
Nat Turner: Resided in a sparse wood hut with no air conditioning or plumbing.
Adrian Peterson: Setting records as a schoolboy in Palestine, Texas.
Nat Turner: Hiding in a dirt hole like Saddam Hussein in Jerusalem, Virginia.
FACT THEIR FANS WOULD LIKE TO FORGET
Adrian Peterson: Ran 20 times for just 77 yards as mighty Oklahoma laid an egg against Boise State in the great 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Nat Turner: Killed women and children during his uprising.
Adrian Peterson: Was locked out of the Vikings' luxurious headquarters.
Nat Turner: Was whipped, beheaded, drawn and quartered. Ouch.
LIFE in PRINT
Adrian Peterson: His story was chronicled in “Adrian Peterson, Superstars of Pro Football Series” by Stephen Currie. It was read by a bunch of 12-year-old boys in Minnesota.
Nat Turner: His story was reprised in “The Confessions of Nat Turner” by William Stryon. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1968.
Adrian Peterson: His performances may make him the best running back in Vikings history.
Nat Turner: His failed rebellion sparked a violent backlash, executions and a reactionary crackdown against the rights of freed blacks and proved a major setback for the growing anti-slavery movement of the 1820s and 1830s.
But, you know, other than that, not much difference between playing in the NFL and being a slave.