Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson opened his statement to the media thanking fans and teammates for their support, and continued to do that on Twitter after the news of his 2-year-old son's death became public.
"Thank you to my family, my fans and fans of other teams for their support," he said in a series of tweets.
"God Bless everyone and thank u so much.
"The NFL is a fraternity of brothers and I am thankful for the tweets, phone calls and text messages from my fellow players."
The support for Peterson came from far and wide on Twitter as well, from the NFL offices to teammates to professional athletes in other sports. Here is a sampling of some of them:
From teammate Cordarrelle Patterson (@ceeflashpee84): "My heart goes out to AP and his family in the loss of his son! Let's keep them In our prayers!"
From teammate Greg Jennings (@GregJennings): "Please pray for our teammate, brother and friend @AdrianPeterson, as well as his family. Such a tragic and senseless loss. #Heartbroken"
From former Vikings WR Jake Reed (@JakeReed): "My heart is heavy as I think about @AdrianPeterson and the pain he must be in. I too, am a father. Praying for you, my brother."
From @NFLPlayerEngage: "Our deepest condolences to @AdrianPeterson and his family during this extremely difficult time."
From the NFL Player Association's George Atallah (@GeorgeAtallah): "May Adrian Peterson and his family find the strength and the peace to deal with this horrific loss."
From Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR): "Playing after tragedy is therapy. Staying home doesn't change what life has thrown at you. Playing in their honor is rewarding for the family."
From Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (@sj39): "Lifting @AdrianPeterson up in prayer on the passing of his precious child. Heaven's newest angel. Thinking of you and your family."
From Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (@_BigBen7): "Me & my family, friends, and fans want to extend our thoughts & prayers to Adrian Peterson and his family in this difficult time. – Ben"
From Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson): "Praying for @AdrianPeterson and his family that they stay strong and encouraged through this trying time."
From Carolina Panthers K Graham Gano (@GrahamGano): "I just heard the news about AP's son, and my heart is hurting for him and his family. I can not imagine such a loss. Please pray for them."
From the NBA's Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5): "Man this is crazy man, prayers up to Adrian Peterson and his family."
From former Peterson teammate Steve Hutchinson (@poisonpill76): "Sorry for your loss @AdrianPeterson. I can't imagine your pain."
From Carolina Panthers CB Captain Munnerlyn (@captain_41): "Praying for AP and his family."
From NFL agent David Canter (@davidcanter): "My heart breaks for you @AdrianPeterson"
From teammate Everson Griffen (@EversonGriffen): "@AdrianPeterson praying for the family bruh."
From teammate Everett Dawkins (@TheUnderDog_79): "Prayers out to AP and the Peterson family he's the most humble person I've ever had the pleasure to wear the same uniform as."
From the NBA's LeBron James (@KingJames): "So Damn sad man! Makes no sense at all. Innocent kid with dreams gets (taken) away by a coward with no dreams at all! Smh … know I support u man! Having boys of my own, it hurts me to my heart and stomach for you! Ol buddy will get what's coming to him!!"
From former teammates and current Vikings analyst Ben Leber (@nacholeber): "Just saw the tearful news about AP's son. Thinking about him and his family. May his son rest in peace and the man responsible die."
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Adrian Peterson offered thanks via twitter and teammates and other athletes offered support for Peterson after the death of a 2-year-old son.
Adrian Peterson offered thanks via twitter and teammates and other athletes offered support.