Adrian Peterson won’t let a seafood allergy alter his New Orleans experience.
The New Orleans Saints running back knows he’s allergic to scallops, and he’s had bad experiences with shrimp. But, as he samples the cuisine in his new city, Peterson said he’s still planning on eating shellfish when he can.
Of course, Peterson is being cautious as he carries an EpiPen with him just in case there’s an issue, though he hasn’t had any problems recently.
Since signing with the Saints in April, Peterson said charbroiled oysters have been among his go-to options.
“I’ve been tearing them up,” he said.
Peterson said he discovered the shellfish allergy about five years ago during Minnesota Vikings training camp. He ate some gumbo, and something in the broth caused an allergic reaction. He was in his dorm room and his face started “itching like crazy,” so he called the team’s trainer, Eric Sugarman.
“It seemed like that phone call triggered it,” Petersons aid. “As soon as I got off the phone, my throat started to close.”
As Peterson ran down the stairs, Sugarman was running up to him, so Peterson averted any major crisis.
Peterson said he hasn’t eaten any gumbo since coming to New Orleans, but he plans to take the risk.
“Yeah, I love gumbo,” he said. “I love seafood in general, so I will be eating some gumbo.”
In October 2015, Peterson again dealt with the allergy as he ate shrimp that led to stomach discomfort before a game. He ran for 98 yards in a Vikings win that Sunday.
So, Peterson might not be able to eat everything in New Orleans, but knowing how good the food here is, he’s willing to take the occasional risk…
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