Adrian Peterson is embarking on a new adventure, leaving behind the lakes of Minnesota for the bayou of New Orleans. The new Saints running back has a lot to learn, and chief among those things is the lay of the land when it comes to good food.
Peterson finds himself in the middle of Cajun country, which sounds fantastic to most people. There’s only one problem… Peterson is allergic to shellfish. When you’re dealing with a cuisine that’s heavy on crawfish, scallops, and shrimp, that’s an issue that can get you into trouble.
Like so many things in Peterson’s career, he’s decided to run directly into the opposing force. Per the Times-Picayune, Adrian isn’t about to let a pesky, life-threatening allergy get in the way of some good oysters and gumbo.
“I’ve been tearing [oysters] up,” he said.
“Yeah, I love gumbo,” he said. “I love seafood in general, so I will be eating some gumbo.”
Peterson isn’t quite throwing all his caution to the wind. He makes sure to carry an EpiPen with him just in case, though he says he hasn’t had to use it yet.
The All-Pro running back only discovered his allergy five years ago while a member of the Vikings. The culprit was some gumbo served during training camp. Afterward, he started “itching like crazy” and his throat seized up.
Along with his allergies, Peterson is also keeping in mind another issue that seems rather important given his career: His physique.
“I was trying to stay away because when I first got here they (tested) my body fat and it was like 7 or 8 (percent),” he said. “And two weeks later I did it, and it was like approaching 9 or 10 (percent). I was like, I wanted to make sure I stopped eating so good, but it’s so delicious.
“That was something I was looking forward to coming here, just the food, the culture, the people — great people here. It’s been an amazing experience so far.”
Hopefully, he has a better gumbo experience next time he grabs a bowl. Something tells us that the authentic New Orleans version will probably be just a little bit better than the Minnesota training camp version.