Adrian Peterson is a man of many talents whose power to make a positive impact on peoples' lives doesn't end with the close of the season.
The Vikings star running back most certainly replied.
Blake Cognata is a 17-year old Fairport High School student who had to quit both lacrosse and football because of a rare form of cancer.
Cognata recently found out that his Ewing's sarcoma, a disease that attacks the bones, had spread throughout his body.
His friends took notice and began filling Twitter with goodwill. One Fairport graduate, Dylan George, decided to start the hashtag #APCallBlake via the report.
George had recalled a similar hastag, #TebowCallMatt, that had worked for a car accident victim who received a call from Tim Tebow back in December.
This Twitter experiment was just as successful and within 90 minutes Adrian Peterson was calling Cognata.
The exchange only lasted a few minutes but was a wonderful surprise and birthday gift to a young man who turns 18 next Monday.
"Blake answered his phone and he was so cute it was like, 'Helllloooo?'" said his mother, who was obviously only hearing what her son was saying and not the Peterson part of the conversation. "Then he said, 'Can I ask who's calling? For real? Oh, my gosh, I can't believe you called me.'"
Diane Calcagno said Blake and Peterson chatted for about five minutes. "He told Blake not to give up and asked how long he had been sick. Then he told Blake that he had his personal cell number and to call him anytime that he wanted to talk to someone. He's a very spiritual man and talked to Blake about his faith."
Peterson had a remarkable year, coming within just 9 yards of breaking a long-standing record of rushing yards in a season.
What's more, he took the Vikings back to the playoffs. While they fell short of their end goal, they no doubt treasured this season.
Still, this kind gesture will rival anything Peterson did this year. A young kid who was in severe pain was granted a few minutes of true joy, all thanks to a simple phone call and a clever hashtag.
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