The NFL last week upheld the suspension of Adrian Peterson, dashing the under-fire running back's chances of returning to the gridiron in the 2014 season.
And now it looks like the Minnesota Vikings star is contemplating walking away from the league altogether after revealing some potential career changes in an interview with ESPN.
Currently suspended in relation to his child abuse arrest and subsequent plea deal, Peterson spoke of his disillusionment with those in charge at the NFL before disclosing dreams of Olympic glory and real estate opportunities.
"I've considered retiring from the NFL," the multi-time Pro-Bowler explained.
"I've thought about getting back into the real estate (business in Texas) I'm already in. That's something I've been interested in, something I'm involved in. I've thought about getting back into that. I've thought about going after the Olympics — you only live once. It might be time for me to pursue that, as well."
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Reports today suggested that the NFL had initially promised Peterson only a two-game suspension when reports of alleged child abuse first came to light earlier this year.
As we all know the severity of Peterson's punishment was much harsher that a couple of weeks, and it is clear that AP feels betrayed by the decision-makers.
"I love playing football, don't get me wrong, but this situation is deeper than that. For me, it's like, 'Why should I continue to be a part of an organization or a business that handles players the way they do?"
The Olympic option is an intriguing one for a man who clearly has the power and speed to compete at a high level.
Speaking in the same interview, Peterson even revealed the disciplines he has targeted should he opt for the athletic route moving forward - singling out the 200m and 400m events.
"(I'm) Making money off the field anyway, why not continue to pursue that (Olympic) dream and pursue other dreams and hang up the cleats?'"
Whether Peterson's Olympic aspirations can be taken seriously remain to be seen as, with a chance to apply for reinstatement as of April 2015, the running back could be back in a Vikings uniform early in the 2015 season.
His comments on the running of the NFL however do raise serious doubts about whether he is willing to return to the league.
Should he opt to leave behind a career in professional football, the Ol
Making money off the field anyway, why not continue to pursue that (Olympic) dream and pursue other dreams and hang up the cleats?'"
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