After a bit of speculation, it’s finally official. Former Arizona Cardinals are running again and seven-time ball runner Adrian Peterson is set to take on rerunner and three-time professional Le’Veon Bell in a heavyweight boxing show this morning. July 30 at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, CA, according to ESPN’s Mike Coppinger.
Neither former NFL star has played professionally before. At the same time, it is simply an exhibition match and not a sanctioned professional match.
Peterson, 37, and Bell, 30, are now freelancers. Bell (-180) is the preferred odds to beat Peterson (+140), according to BetOnline. Bell’s experience with boxing stems from his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bell uses boxing as a way to get a cardio workout and his love for the sport grew even stronger in 2018 when he was away from football for a year.
“I try to find ways to be healthier,”ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “I want my body to be in great shape so that as the season gets closer you will start to see that shape take shape. [Boxing] just to help my heart and stamina. It’s a bit different from football, and I try to rest during the season as much as possible, still doing cardio. Instead of cutting and doing a lot, I did a lot of boxing.”
Bell plays for the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2021, dashing 101 yards and two touchdowns. Peterson played three games for the Tennessee Titans and one for the Seattle Seahawks last season, running 38 98 yards and two touchdowns.
The exhibition match will be in the tab of Social Gloves 2, which contains the main event between Youtuber Austin McBroom and AnEsonGib.
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Looking Back at Peterson’s Term in Arizona
After landing an NFL MVP and four All-Pros on the first team during his 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings, Peterson will go on to play for six different franchises.
The Cardinals will be Peterson’s second team. In 2017, Arizona needed a return run due to David Johnson’s season-ending injury. He was transferred to Arizona from the New Orleans Saints in October 2017 and appeared in his first game against the Cardinals, in which he dashed 134 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. .
Two weeks later, Peterson made 37 career throws at 159 meters as the Cardinals won 20-10 over the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, Peterson suffered a neck injury at week 13 and missed the rest of the season. He finished with 529 yards of charge, 2 hasty touches, 11 receptions and 70 receptions.
On March 13, 2018, the Cardinals released Peterson. Since then, he has played for four teams and is currently fifth among the fastest pitches of his career in the NFL (14,918), according to Pro Football Reference.
Remaining information of the war
Former NBA player Nick Young is also on this list. He will be fighting rapper Blueface.
Last month, retired re-run Frank Gore entered the boxing field and knocked out Yaya Olorunsola in Round 4. Gore played in the NFL for 16 seasons.
It will be interesting to see what emerges from the Peterson vs Bell showdown.
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