Legendary Georgia Southern University running back Adrian Peterson returns to campus Saturday to sign copies of his autobiography "Don’t Dis My Abilities."
The record-breaking Eagle running back will greet fans from 9 a.m. to noon at the University Store before Georgia Southern’s homecoming against Howard University. Kickoff time for the game is 2 p.m. at Paulson Stadium.
While Peterson’s runs on the field left fans amazed and opponents confused, his words in "Don’t Dis My Abilities" will leave readers inspired. In the book, Peterson relates a story of patience and perseverance in tackling his challenge of stuttering. The man known simply as "AP" also describes how the Eagle Nation supported and encouraged him as he overcame that obstacle.
The hardcover edition of "Don’t Dis My Abilities" is available for purchase at the book signing for $23.95, and the University Store is currently the only retailer selling the book. A portion of the proceeds from book sales benefit a scholarship at Georgia Southern.
Peterson led the Georgia Southern Eagles to back-to-back national championships in 1999 and 2000 and received the 1999 Walter Payton Award. Peterson holds many records at Georgia Southern and remains the NCAA Division I career rushing leader.
"Not only was Adrian one of the best football players to ever play here and certainly one of the best football players that I’ve ever coached, he’s one of the best team players I’ve ever been around," said Georgia Southern head football coach Jeff Monken, who was an assistant coach when Peterson played for the Eagles. "He was the ultimate kind of person you would want to have as a member of the program. He loved to play the game, loved his teammates and was just committed to doing the best he could to help everybody else around him excel, and I think that’s what made him special."
After graduating from Georgia Southern in 2001, Peterson was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2002. He went on to play eight seasons with the Bears, which included the NFC championship in 2006.
Peterson, his wife and three children live outside Chicago, and he currently works in a coaching internship program with the Chicago Bears.