Former Washington Football Team and current Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson revealed earlier this week that he believes he had the coronavirus in March after he tested positive for the antibodies several months later.
"I was getting tested for the COVID, and they were also screening for the antibodies as well," Peterson said on the Undefined with Josina Anderson podcast, describing his first go-through of the NFL's coronavirus protocols when he arrived in Washington for training camp in July.
"My [COVID] test came back negative, but my antibodies test came back positive, which means I had it at some point," Peterson said. "I kind of flashed back to early March when I was experiencing some symptoms. I lost my sense of taste and I couldn't really smell anything."
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Peterson said he had those coronavirus-like symptoms in early March, just days before they became known possible effects of COVID-19.
The timeline makes sense, too. At the beginning of March, coronavirus was not on many radars of the American people before sports leagues begun to pause their seasons, beginning with the NBA on March 11. The United States did not call coronavirus a national emergency until March 13.
The future Hall of Fame running back said that besides a cough, he didn't have any other symptoms from the virus. Peterson also claimed that one certain drink helped the virus move quickly through his body.
"During that time, I started drinking elderberry tea," Peterson said. "I had the family taking it as well. I really felt like that was something that helped me. It passed through my system quickly. The wife and the kids, they didn't have any issues or anything like that."
Thankfully, Peterson is healthy. And based on his first four games with the Lions, the 35-year-old continues to prove he still has plenty of football left in his tank.