Peterson Teams With NBA’s Dwight Howard To Raise Money For Charity

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 21, 2012 – 7:14 am

The NBA will hold it’s annual all-star game this upcoming weekend in Orlando, and Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is using the event to team up with the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard to raise money for charity.

Peterson announced details of the “Adrian Peterson’s NBA All-Star Weekend Raffle” last week, with proceeds from the raffle benefitting Peterson’s All Day Foundation and the D12 Foundation. Both foundations are committed to helping children find their way by raising awareness for and supporting organizations that provide the skills necessary for children to reach their potential.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

“Dwight Howard and I are happy to come together to raffle this once-in-a-lifetime experience at the NBA All-Star weekend for our foundations,” Peterson said. “We’re fortunate to be in a position to help others. We hope the fans will join us, and win an incredible prize. We hope that this raffle will generate a tremendous amount of money for both the All Day Foundation as well as Dwight’s foundation, enabling programs that directly help kids to do what they do best.”

The raffle winner and a guest will have the chance to attend NBA All-Star Weekend, beginning February 24th, with the winning package including VIP tickets to each of the weekend’s events and Howard’s private post-game party, which will feature a performance by rapping sensation Drake. The package also includes: 2 VIP tickets to the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge; 2 VIP tickets to the NBA All-Star Saturday Night (which includes the Shooting Stars Competition, Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest); travel allowance of $2,000 to put towards airfare and lodging; autographed jersey from Adrian Peterson and an autographed basketball from Dwight Howard, plus more.

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  1. By Carl K on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    All Day is All World. AP will be back better than ever!

  2. By Parody on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Routt signed with the Chiefs, leaving David Carr a bigger possibility to hit free agency and be targeted by the Vikings. Somehow I doubt that they’ll be willing to offer enough to put him on the roster though, even if he is considered among the best zone CBs in the nfl.

  3. By sandiamond on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Carl is that correct we only have about 5 mill cap space?
    Three teams in the nfl have 63,60 and 43 mill cap space. kc,wash and tampa set to be big spenders. Vikings only get one free agent unless we get VOL’s to neg contracts. that suxs!

  4. By sandiamond on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    B. Carr 4 yr starter(64 games) 4 int’s last year

  5. By sandiamond on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    B. Carr 4yr starter(64 games) 4 int’s last year

  6. By Carl K on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond- I we have a little over 1 million to use or roll over from last year(new rule) and I saw a few articles on caps space that the Vikings have just over 5 million right now.

    I don’t know how they can say that because we have a bunch of free agents right now.??? I didn’t believe it last year when all the writers were reporting no cap space for the Vikings… and it turned out to be true.

    We can make more room by cutting Herrera, Hutch, and Griffen. That would free up another 12-14 million.

  7. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond and Carl K … heres an interesting article on cap space.

    As of Monday, according to a source with access to NFL salary data, the Vikings had about $112.4 million in 2012 cap space committed to 57 players on their roster — including a little more than $110 million to the “Top 51″ who will count against the projected $120.4 million cap when the league year begins on March 13.

  8. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    10 million under before possible cuts and restructures. cutting hutch , herrera and griffin would make us 23 million under the cap

  9. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    IMO… WR and Safety in FA … LT and CB in the draft

  10. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

  11. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    State Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Fairmont, said Monday if a deal is reached for the Metrodome site, the site would be included in a bill to be introduced in the Legislature.

    The stadium also would need approval of the Minneapolis City Council and the National Football League.

    Meanwhile, St. Paul business consultant Michael O’Connor presented a plan Monday he said would enable taxpayers to make a profit with a stadium on the site the Vikings prefer, in Arden Hills, about 10 miles from the Metrodome site.

    Through naming rights and a share of profits, growth in the team’s value and investment income, O’Connor said, the taxpayers could make about $2 billion.

    Read more:

  12. By sandiamond on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    That looks better Shawn. Tom broke it down where we can get at least 2 talented free agents. ayodele, herrea and c johnson is about the lowest on the list to look for cuts then cook costs us 1.1 mill also

  13. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Tentative stadium deal for U, Vikings

  14. By Tim on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    DRS thank you for keeping us all up to date with whats going on with the stadium situation.

  15. By Carl K on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply has this article today on Vikings caps space.

  16. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings

    The Vikings are only sitting on approximately 6-7 million dollars in cap space for the upcoming season; nevertheless, this should not make them complacent to the fact that they need to complement their across-the-middle receiver Percy Harvin with a speedy deep threat. This does not mean pick up or trade with the Chicago Bears to get another recycled pass-catcher. Vikings fans have seen that carousel go around and around with several players such as Bernard Berrian and Devin Aromashodu. Minnesota should not be in the hunt for big-name players like Reggie Wayne, Dwayne Bowe, DeSean Jackson, or Vincent Jackson; they need to fill too many other holes within their defense to capture a true number #1 WR with their scant amount of cap room. Thus, the Vikings should be considering the following talents at WR for 2012

  17. By Mike R. on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    I like Shiancoe but isn’t Rudolph a younger version of him? I hate to say this but let Shiancoe be signed away or let go. Wouldn’t that free up some more cap room?
    Saucer is gone so we need a good blocking TE/FB to go with the young catching TE (I am still mad about that goal line choke against Atlanta).

  18. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Mario Manningham – A quick, deep threat player with a knack for making big plays at opportune moments (see Super Bowl XLVI). There’s a chance he might be too expensive given his recent success; but he is the definition of a number #1 or #2 WR that the Vikings are desperately lacking.

  19. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Robert Meachem – A very fast, and cheaper alternative option to Marques Colston. One of his strongest assets is catching the football over his shoulder on deep passing routes. These are p-a-s-s-e-s that Vikings quarterback C-h-r-i-s-t-i-a-n Ponder has shown he can make happen. Meachem has not historically been known to cut across the middle on underneath routes, this is actually an advantage because Harvin fills the slot position very well. Meachem is also a decent run blocker at 6’2″ and 210 pounds.

  20. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Harry Douglas – The speedy third string receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, who filled in admirably for a hobbled Julio Jones throughout the 2011 NFL regular season might be the answer for the Vikings. He will not be demanding a large paycheck, runs deep routes, and most importantly has a relationship with former Falcons QB coach and Assistant Head Coach Bill Musgrave. Musgrave was hired by the Minnesota Vikings last year to be the offensive coordinator.

  21. By Tim on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings could also look at making a trade to get Brandon Marshall from the Dolphins.

  22. By sandiamond on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    kevin williams’ salary fiq stands out on that list also…”take one for the team bro”

  23. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply–2012-free-agent-quarterbacks

  24. By sandiamond on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    grab a WR in free agency! want have to fiddle f@rt with the guessing game on drafting sanu,dwight jones,nick toon,jeffery etc

  25. By Carl K on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, I would agree with about 23 million cap space after cuts.

    a veteran QB
    2 linbackers
    a #1 WR
    a shut down corner
    2 safeties
    1 guard

    I could spend 23 million in a hurry!

  26. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings could be looking for their next Ron Yary

    Posted by Mike Florio on February 18, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    The Vikings earned the third overall pick in the draft, thanks to a 3-13 record. They could be heading down the same path they did 44 years ago, when another three-win season (3-8-3, to be precise) gave the Vikings the first pick in the 1968 NFL draft.

    They took left tackle Ron Yary from USC. A seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro (and a Hall of Famer), Yary played the tackle position for the Vikings for 14 seasons.

  27. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    It’s less the connection to Yary, who as several of you pointed out played right tackle for the Vikings, and more the reality of the left tackle position that has the Vikings once again looking seriously at another USC left tackle, Matt Kalil. “Usually, there are no left tackles in free agency,” Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said this week, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “If they’re that good, they are usually not [available] out there.”

  28. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Receivers come and go. When it comes to having a team that is competitive on an year-in and year-out basis, a cornerstone left tackle is almost as important as a quarterback. So expect the Vikings to take Kalil.
    Unless, of course, the USC grad who coaches the Rams decides that he can’t pass on Kalil.

  29. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Last month, Sandra Colvin Roy, another of the dedicated lefties on the Minneapolis City Council, announced opposition to the plan for a new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis without a citywide referendum (that she knows would fail).

    And yet it’s not only Roy and her lefty colleagues who offer a roadblock to Minneapolis coming up with its stadium share. There are righties in the Legislature with equally mysterious thoughts on the city’s entertainment tax.

    Politicians what can you do?

  30. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Notes Lombardi:

    This brings us to one of my biggest pet peeves: For years I’ve wished the NFL would require every player who does not take part in the workout portion of the combine to come back and resubmit to another drug test. Some of the biggest mistakes made in the draft can be traced back to a player being on a performance-enhancement program without a team being aware.

    The basic chain of events begins when a player comes to Indy and does not work out, but he is required to take a complete drug test. After his drug test, he can begin a highly intense performance-enhancement program for 4-6 weeks that will allow him to perform at a high level. Sure, he passed the mandatory test at the combine, but 4-6 weeks later at his pro day, there is no way of knowing if the player is clean. Not only would a second test help eliminate the potential for this to occur with non-workout players, but it might stop some of the non-workouts at Indy in the first place. So, this spring when reading that a player had an awesome on-campus workout, be sure his tape backs up his athletic testing skills.

    Lombardi also says teams should be on the offensive when they’re performing interviews at the combine, alert that players have been coached and polished and may not be providing a true revelation of their personalities.

    The best evaluation work should have been done on the player’s college campus last spring or in the fall, by a scout who does not announce his arrival, or wear team colors. The team that comes to the combine with the ability to know every true answer to every question asked will be the team that is most prepared, and most likely to be successful — in spite of the player’s preparation.

    Any time I interviewed a player, I opened with this simple statement: “From this point forward, every question I ask you, I already know the answer.

    Therefore, this is not a question-and-answer session, but a test to see if you will tell me the complete truth.” You’d be surprised how quickly the player changed from his standard answers to the real answers.

  31. By DRS on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    With negotiators reportedly close to announcing a stadium financing package, Gov. Mark Dayton will meet today with Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf at the state Capitol.

    The meeting comes as Dayton continues to push for a public subsidy package for a new stadium that would involve the team, the state and the city of Minneapolis and would build the project at or adjacent to the Metrodome, the team’s home for the past three decades.

    Sources close to the negotiations said late last week that there was a preliminary agreement to build a $975 million stadium, with the state contributing $398 million, the city adding $150 million for construction and the team pledging $427 million. In addition, a top Vikings spokesman said Monday that the team had reached a tentative agreement to play some games at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium while a new stadium was built at or near the Metrodome.

    The preliminary agreement with the university, said Lester Bagley, the team’s vice president for stadium development and public affairs, would include adding roughly 3,000 seats to the school’s 50,000-seat stadium.

  32. By sandiamond on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    CB, Vanderbilt, Sr.
    Ht: 5’11
    Wt: 190
    40 time: 4.51

  33. By sandiamond on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

  34. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Wr Stevie Johnson contract talks have stalled with the Bills. Johnson would be the best complement to Harvin. He is better than Saints wr Meachump. CB is the bigger need so if the Vikings get Brandon Carr they should look into Rutgers Wr Mohamed Sanu. If they get S. Johnson they should draft CB Chase Minnifield and Josh Norman both are 6 foot and have good ball skills.

  35. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    LT Matt Kalil has added weight now coming in at 310llbs so he should be able to anchor better against bull-rushers. He previously weighted 295llbs so he has proven he is a work out warrior and will continue to better himself.

  36. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil is the answer at LT. So find a No. 2 Wr like S. Johnson or M. Manningham in FA. Drop dead weight like Herrera, Griffin, and Remi. Redo Hutch contract or release him. Move Winfield to S Draft CB Chase Minnifield and Josh Norman 2nd and 3rd round. Draft OT Andrew Datko in the 4th and move to LG. 5th rounder draft Run-Stuffer DT Akeem Hicks. 6th round LB compettion. 7th Wr depth. Not sure of Compensatory picks.

  37. By Spencer on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Can somebody explain this to me- During the off-season Bryant Mckinnie was told to lose weight, he ignored Frazier, came to camp overweight. And as a result, he was cut. Completely understandable.

    However during games this past season, members of the secondary simply ignored the playcalls- and yelled out their own coverages as they broke the huddle. But Nobody from the secondary received any disciplinaryaction.

    Something doesnt make any sense here…?

  38. By Carl K on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Brandon Carr will get a 7-10 million per year contract.
    Stevie Johnson is seeking 9 million per year.
    Signing a WR and a CB doesn’t leave much cap room to do much of anything with LBs, Safety and OL.

    I think the Vikings only have room to sign 1 high profile FA.

  39. By Spencer on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    This sounds just like every blogger on here…

  40. By Carl K on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Tyvon Branch SS

  41. By Parody on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    No disciplinary action Spence? Did you not hear what happened to Griffin? The highest paid (active) DB on the team was benched for multiple games after he showed himself incapable of covering. You can’t bench the whole team, but if benching the highest paid player isn’t going to pass a message to everyone, then there’s no hope that any other disciplinary action will improve the team.

  42. By Spencer on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Im not talking about getting benched or cut for poor play. I was wondering why none of the secondary players received punishment for ignoring the coaches and calling their own plays!

  43. By Parody on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Carl – I think all we need is one good free agent. Preferably a WR. Build the other needs through the draft. 1st round LT, 2nd CB/FS, 3rd DB, 4th DT, 4th (Comp) DB, 5th LB, 6th G, 7th QB/RB for depth.

  44. By Parody on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Were you on the field Spence? How do you know that they were changing the play calls, and how do you know that it was the secondary that was doing it??

  45. By Spencer on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

  46. By 61Vikings on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    What is going to be exciting to me is if the Rams decide to take Kalil, leaving the Vikes with RG3, staring them in the face!! Spielman has said that it would be hard to pass on such a great talent!! Draft and trade him for picks and player(s), trade the pick and get more picks in the draft or just flat out draft him and trade Ponder to another team to get a 2nd or 3rd round pick for him!! This draft is going to be worth watching!!

  47. By Patches on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Move Griffin to safety and pay cut on much time on the field and plays made that year. Do not give up on A guy that good just move him to safety. mby trade EJ and some of the other DBs in that back field.Sorry you do not play you do not get paid.

  48. By Spencer on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Even though Winfield is small, I think he should be the Corner making the switch to safety. His cover skills are diminishing so I dont see why he hates the idea of playing back there. If I were running the organization, Winfield would be cut if he refused to go to Strong Safety. Benny Sapp and Marcus Sherals are good Nickle Corners in their own right- plus theyre much cheaper.

  49. By Spencer on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    And as for Grifin, Patches, well he doesnt belong on this football team. He was once a solid CB in this league, now hes getting benched to the likes of Brandon Burton. Hes slow, cant cover, cant tackle, and hes getting up there in age. There is no benefit to keeping him on this team. If we keep him, it just tells me that Leslie isnt about winning, but more about keeping the players he likes happy.

  50. By Viking-ology on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    I think the best route to go in FA is a #1 receiver-Brandon Lloyd, or Meecham are good picks, maybe include S. Johnson. As far as the draft is concerned, the obvious choice is LT Kalil then bolster DT position, look no further than the SB winners for that idea.

  51. By Carl K on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    I think a rookie WR can make a bigger positive impact for the Vikings than to throw a rookie DB or rookie linebackers out there and expect them to be an upgrade. So that is why I think we need to spend our FA dollars wisely on DB and linebackers.

    I think we should draft a WR and see what Webb can do at WR.

  52. By Parody on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spence – That article doesn’t explain much. This one explains it a little bit more, but still leaves you to speculate on a lot of numbers:

    It leads you to infer that the players were constantly changing calls just to counter a lack of belief in the ability to make calls in the second half of games, a valid point when the team gave up an average of 21 points per game in the second half compared to 2 points per game in the first half to start the season.

    What it doesn’t say is how frequently the plays were being adjusted on the field. “At times, some players simply refused to play the defenses called, yelling out their own coverages as they broke the huddle.” This could have been every other play, a few times per game, or even once per game. It’s all speculation.

    And, it doesn’t take into account the fact that smart players are expected to change the play on the field when they see that it is not suited for what the offense is bringing at you. If the DC has a run blitz called, and the offense comes out with a 5-WR spread, it would be ignorant to stick with the playcall.

    Furthermore, who’s to say that players weren’t punished for their actions on the field? Maybe they were reprimanded in the Tuesday film study, or maybe they were forced to run extra long practices on Wednesdays. Just because no punishment made the news doesn’t mean it didn’t exist.

    Finally, let’s not forget that Pagac lost his playcalling duties halfway through the season, and lost his position as the DC early in the offseason. This is a good argument that the players’ mistrust in his playcalling abilities was echoed by the leadership. It also shows, contrary to your belief, that an action was taken on the issue, but it was an action that dealt with the leaders of the problem rather than those who were the visible result of the problem. Sometimes solutions are not as black and white as you want them to be, but an effort has been made to resolve the issue.

  53. By Frederick Jones on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply


    Do not listen to Mayock. He only has eyes for “skill” position players.

    We need OLinemen and defensive backs.


  54. By Parody on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Carl – Recall, for a moment, Troy Williamson. Think about the name for a little while. Let it soak into your mind. Recognize the bad feelings that burn up in your mind just when you think about this waste of flesh.

    Now down a bottle of scotch to make the hatred go away.

    Point is, that Williamson was our highest draft pick since Chris Doleman was selected #4 overall in 1985. (Williamson, Peterson and McKinnie were all the 7th picks in their respective draft). We need to add talent in a lot of areas, and the potential for failure at WR is high enough, that people have made a good argument that we should hire a proven FA to handle that position, while using the early picks in the draft for positions that are less of a gamble.

  55. By Spencer *13 Days* on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Why dont people realize Blackmon is just Anquan Boldin 2.0? Even in his prime you would be hard p r e s s e d to find somebody take him #3 overall.

  56. By Parody on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Spence – It doesn’t matter. The Vikings will not be selecting Blackmon. In the past 5-years, they have selected only 1 offensive linemen in the first two rounds. Without some extreme luck with late picks or through free agency, that will make for a big weakness on any team. We’ll be spending a first round pick on an offensive lineman this year. You can bank on that.

  57. By Parody on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    McKinnie was the last first-round lineman selected by this team. And he was the only one since Korey Stringer was selected in 1995. The team would be wise to use first round picks in these next two years to give our QB a young, reliable group of guys to protect him.

  58. By Parody on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Stringer got to join a line that already had Steussie and McDaniel on it, both also first-round picks by the Vikings. That made for an awesome group of guys to protect our QB. I hope that we can build such a force once more in the next few years.

  59. By Parody on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Other starters on that line were C Jeff Chrîsty (4th round) and G David Dixon (9th round). So they group had 3 first rounders, a 4th and a 9th rounder. Currently we have 1 first rounder (Hutch from another team’s draft), 1 Second rounder (Loadholt), 2 6th rounders (Sullivan and Johnson[from another team]) and an undrafted free agent (Herrera) as the starters. This definitely looks like a group that needs some overhauling if we’re ever going to return to the playoffs.

  60. By Carl K on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Parody- I would draft a WR in the 3rd round. NOT with the #3rd pick.
    I don’t like the idea of spending 6 to 9 million on an old FA WR.
    And I don’t like the idea of drafting Blackmon with our first pick.

    OT- 1st round
    CB – 2nd round
    WR – 3rd round

  61. By thenaj17 on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Carl – Pretty much agree but i would swap WR & CB depending on getting free agents.
    Forget WR’s in free agency unless someone young can be had for cheap. CB’s and Safeties don’t come good usually until 2/3 years into their careers so we should go for Carr CB and Landry S.

    B Sapp, C Griffin, Winfield, Herrera have to be the 1st 3 to be released without a second thought. No room for sentiment.

    Resign Erin Henderson and EJ so we have depth.

    Try restructuring Jared Allen and K-Wills contracts if possible. I’m sure they’ll do what they can to not be on a 3-13 team again.

    Finally, with a new secondary in place we should draft Kalil if he’s still on the board round 1. Round 2, get a tall deep threat receiver and then round 3 get a 6ft CB to learn from Carr (or whoever we can sign) and Cook (only on field!), leaving Asher Allen as 3rd/4th choice. Although he struggled at times, it was mainly due to the fact he was trying (and failing) to cover number 1 receivers. He would be a very good 3rd back for depth.

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