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Updated: July 31st, 2012 7:35pm
Adrian Peterson recalls 'scary' moments after having allergic reaction

Adrian Peterson recalls 'scary' moments after having allergic reaction

by Judd Zulgad
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson recounted the scary moments that followed the allergic reaction he had to seafood on Monday after eating in the dormitory cafeteria where the Minnesota Vikings stay.

Quick thinking by head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman helped to calm the situation, but team officials still called 911 and the Pro Bowl running back was taken to the hospital after he had trouble breathing.

"I had some jambalaya and I eat seafood all the time," Peterson said Tuesday. "Crawfish, crab legs. I don't know exactly what was inside of the jambalaya, but obviously my body reacted to it in the wrong way and it was scary, but those guys, Sugarman, really acted fast. It was a critical situation and they did a really good job."

Sugarman injected an EpiPen shot into Peterson to help with his breathing before the ambulance arrived.

"I was getting ready to lay down and I felt my throat itching and my ears itching and all of the sudden my face swelled up, my eyes swelled up," Peterson said. "I couldn't breathe out of my nose. That's why I made the phone call to (Sugarman). I guess he heard it in my voice because he came down with the doc and everything I needed.

"I gave him a second call after I started just breathing through my throat a little bit and those guys were coming off of the elevator and you know, they did a really good job. ... It was pretty scary."

Peterson received an IV at the hospital that contained Benadryl and other medications. "I started feeling better," after that, Peterson said. "My nose cleared up, my throat cleared up."

Peterson, 27, said he has never been allergic to seafood but knows that issues with some people can develop as they get older. He plans to get blood work done to find out if that's the case with him.

"I hope that's not the case because I want to continue to eat seafood," he said.

Peterson was back on the field Tuesday but remains on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list as he continues his rehab from surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee suffered last Dec. 24 in Washington.

Peterson did get in a workout Tuesday and felt better. He didn't feel the allergic reaction set back his rehab at all.

Coach Leslie Frazier agreed.

"From everything he did (Tuesday), he looked good," Frazier said. "I talked with Eric Sugarman, who took him through his workout. (Sugarman) said it was great. He did outstanding." 

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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