Running back Adrian Peterson isn’t the only Vikings player to recently be nabbed driving his car in excess of 100 miles per hour.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that, on Monday night, receiver Bernard Berrian was busted for going 104 in a 60-mph zone.
Berrian was stopped at 9:38 p.m. local time.
We know that plenty of Vikings players secretly (or, in the case of guys like Steve Hutchinson and Sage Rosenfels, openly) are members of PFT Planet. So let me talk directly to you men for a second. (Don’t worry — no one else is reading this.)
Please click this link and read this article from the Sports Illustrated vault regarding a trio of NFL players who died during the 1992 offseason.
One of them was Eagles defensive tackle Jerome Brown.
“He had a weakness for Corvettes, one of which he totaled on a Florida highway in his junior year at Miami,” Rick Reilly wrote. (Well, there goes our vow to never read another thing Reilly has written, which arose from the fact that he was one of the writers of Leatherheads, the single worst football movie of all time.) “He walked away from that accident unscratched, but he apparently did not take the hint — maybe because he had a need for speed. Brown once recalled that the first time he drove a car was with his father on a highway. The traffic was doing about 75 mph, it was raining, and his dad was yelling, ‘Hit the gas! Hit the gas! Boy, you don’t hit the gas, and I ain’t gonna let you drive no more!’ Said Brown, ‘I hit it and ain’t slowed down since.'”
Guys — especially those of you with wives and/or children — we’re begging you. Slow down. At a time when the NFL has has developed a full-blown case of OCD regarding the effect of an in-game knock to the noggin on a players’ long-term health and well-being, driving 100-plus mph on a regular basis is the easiest way to trigger a much more serious impact to your long-term (and short-term) ability to live a productive life.
Or, you know, to live at all.