• Timing of Adrian Peterson's Allergy Scare Ominous

    Earlier today Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was rushed in an ambulance to the hospital after experiencing an allergic reaction to seafood. A move of caution more than anything else - anaphalaxis is no joke, after all - Peterson had some facial swelling and a little difficulty breathing but is back at the Vikings' facility.

    The timing of his episode, however, was ominous. Eleven years ago almost to the day, Vikings offensive lineman Korey Stringer collapsed on the practice field and was rushed to the emergency room. Stringer would be pronounced dead the following morning (August 1, 1991) due to complications arisen from a bout with heatstroke.

    H/T to ESPN.com's NFC North Blogger Kevin Seifert: Every year, I try to post an item to honor Stringer, who was a good man, and reiterate how dangerous heat exposure can be for the thousands of young men who will soon begin high school and college football practice. For more information, here is the CDC guide to preventing heat stroke.
    Play it safe out there.

    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      What I have observed at the Bengals training camp so far is the medical staff taking every early precaution if players are getting the least bit overheated with temps in the 90s and high humidity. Make sure the body's core temperature does not get out of control. Better to be safe than sorry as the old saying goes.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Very sad to think about Korey Stringer passing away and leaving behind his family, teammates and legacy. Very Cool that Seifert does the annual honor for Stringer so we never forget him; but many of us won't. I'm glad that Adrian is doing alright and it was nothing serious. This time of year brings caution that Every Player needs to take heed of.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      It's nice to hear even the big boys are taking this stuff seriously. Pop-Warner and other kids football leagues have been taking precautions now for years against heatstroke and dehydration. Gone are the days of Bear Bryant running guys near death under the misguided notion that it 'made them tougher'.
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      Justin Babin reportedly had to delay an MRI because the Eagles have the players swallowing miniature thermometers to monitor core body temperature.