The team security guard who has been assigned to Peterson looks jittery, as the circle of fans surrounding the Vikings' star has expanded and is inching closer. He and the guard decide on their exit route, but then the player spots three little boys, looking up hopefully. "Let me take a picture with these guys, though," he tells the guard as he approaches Benjamin and Noah Chung and their friend Matthew Lee. "How you guys doing?" he asks. He leans in and smiles.
Peterson knows there might come a time when people are no longer interested in watching him, in being close to him, in sharing what he has, if only for a moment. But not yet, not nearly yet.