Adrian Peterson was on a conference call this week when his phone flashed with a message from a friend.
It read simply: “Text 911.”
“It was kind of strange,” the All-Pro running back said. “I just kept looking at my phone, and the next text was, ‘You just got traded to Arizona.’ ”
For Peterson, who had become an afterthought in New Orleans, that was the most welcome piece of news this side of, “You’ve won Powerball!”
In April 2017, after 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson signed a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints but was traded just five weeks into the 2017 season.
“I turn on the TV, and they’re breaking news,” he said. “It was like,...