Future Pros: Is Your Kid The Next Adrian Peterson, Roy Halladay Or Ryan Howard?

Vincent HeckCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball around C.C. Brown #39 of the Detroit Lions for a touchdown during the second half at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated 24-10.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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I had happened to catch a glimpse of some home video footage of young kids playing football in a local league. Normally, you don't watch unless your own child is involved.

But this time, was different. There was one child, in particular, running wild all over the field. Offensively and defensively. He was unstoppable.

It got me to wondering, how can you tell when a kid will be something more than special?

In my research I found a few athletes with well documented middle school extraordinary talents, one being, none other than, Adrian "All Day" Peterson.

What got him there? What gets any pro there?

In my research, I found a few common threads.

  1. Every dominate pro has had a high veiw of education.
  2. They've worked hard.
  3. They've had motivating, encouraging, supportive, parents.
  4. They have natural talent,
  5. And for the most part, they have always shown potential to dominate since a very young age.

Roy Halladay, pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, was dominant on his little league team. He found a way to dominate the opposing hitters on every pitch.

His parents, Linda and Harry Jr., were emotionally involved in his success also. They would become upset at those who would point out that professional success in sports was a one in a million chance.

Another Phillies star, Ryan Howard, grew up in a household where his parents stressed school before the other, less important, things in life, which benefited him and his siblings.

Most dominate pro-athletes were dominant in more than just one sport. Halladay, was pretty graceful on the basketball court as well as the pitching mound. 

This made me curious to seek out other very young, dominating, athletes of today.

In my search, it turned out that I didn't have to look far to find one. There was one under my nose that I kept hearing about.

Twelve-year-old, Tyrell Barr, of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, is very much so a candidate for future success.

While doing the research for this piece, I found this young mans numbers, as a twelve-year-old, were comparable to Adrian Peterson's at twelve years old also.

Last year he was running back in a local football league called the Phoenixville Marion Youth Club (PMYC) an organization which has been around since 1956.

There, he scored 32 touchdowns, amassed 2,000 yards on eleven carries per game—that's about 200 yards per game!

Barr also lead his defense in tackles, and had a interception returned for a touchdown. Note: the league only plays eleven games per season games, that last about an hour—32 touchdowns and 2,000 yards!

His coach, teachers and parents all praise his academic abilities, as so far, in his middle school career, he has only missed honor roll twice with his lowest grades being C.

Seems this kid is above average in more ways than one.

Adrian Peterson, was showed, as well as Ryan Howard, by his parents the importance of priorities. When Peterson received his first F as a fifth grader, his father benched him. The rule for the rest of his childhood was: No pass, no play.

Exemplary dominance in the classroom, as well as on the gridiron, seems to have been the key to success for Peterson.

Apparently, on or off the field, no one could tackle Adrian Peterson. This young man Tyrell Barr, seems to be on the right track.

To see more footage of the young phenom and read the full story, please follow this link.

For more writing from Vincent Heck visit: www.vincentheckwriting.com


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