Adrian Peterson, former NFL player with the Chicago Bears, spoke at the YMCA of Columbia and Palmetto Center for Women’s Annual Prayer breakfast on Friday morning, May 9, 2014.

Peterson is both an award-winning NFL player and a disabled person who has had a long, hard journey living with a stutter. Peterson travels the nation sharing his story of faith and how a difficult speech disability motivated him to fight harder to reach his life goals. He recently released a memoir titled, “Don’t Dis My Abilities,” an inspiring story of hope.

Peterson graduated from Georgia Southern in 2001, capping an extraordinary collegiate career that witnessed his winning the 1999 Walter Payton Award. The four-time consensus All-American lef the Eagles to two national championships and a third title game appearance. Drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2002, Peterson spent eight seasons with the NFL team, including the 2006 NFC Championship season and Super Bowl XLI. He played one season with the Virginia Destroyers in 2011.

In addition to speaking at the Prayer Breakfast, Peterson also visited three YMCA of Columbia branches for book signings and to meet the kids in the Y’s Afterschool programs.

The YMCA of Columbia and Palmetto Center for women would like to thank the benefactor sponsors for the Prayer Breakfast: WO Blackstone, Colliers International, Elliot Davis, Kathryn Williams and Tom Ervin, and LCK Construction Services.


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