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Peterson responds to helmet flap

November 12th, 2008 – 6:36 PM by Chip Scoggins

Running back Adrian Peterson meets with Twin Cities reporters on Thursdays but he discussed the helmet situation in a conference call with Tampa Bay Buccaneers media today. NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira said today in a radio interview that Peterson should have been penalized 15 yards for removing his helmet in the end zone after scoring the winning touchdown on Sunday.

 Here is what Peterson said about it:

“I was just really caught up in the moment. Especially after having the fumble and then coming back out with the mentality I had on the last drive. For me, it was more emotional because I had just fumbled to put us in a bad situation that could’ve cost us the game, and then in the last drive when we needed it, turned it around and got into the end zone. I was sitting on the sidelines and just really having faith, telling myself and telling the guys, ‘Hey, we’re going to win, we’re going to pull it out.’ Needing a career drive, having the faith it was really going to happen. I was just caught up in the moment. I wasn’t trying to celebrate.”

 

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