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In recent comments, Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson claimed that the deal the NFL is trying to get its players to agree to in the ongoing collective bargaining saga is akin to “modern-day slavery.”

This seeming slip of the tongue by Peterson is much more than that. It points to a much larger problem that society at large, not just Peterson and other pro athletes, needs to address. 

Society as a whole is to blame for Peterson’s momentary lack of humility, perspective and reality. 

Counter to what youth coaches would like to believe, great athletes are and will always be born, not made. That means that these guys are exceptional and obviously different and gifted athletically from a very early age.

Because contemporary American society puts such a premium on talent, celebrity and athletic prowess, these young men, and to a lesser extent women, learn at an early age that th...

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