College Football Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson and Georgia Southern alum, has been named the director of student-athlete development for the Georgia Southern football program, as announced Tuesday by head coach Chad Lunsford.
Peterson takes over for Andrew Dodge, who moved to an on-field coaching assignment toward.
“It’s an honor to be back, at Georgia Southern, a University that helped me grow as a young man,” Peterson said. “Now I get the opportunity help our student-athletes grow on and off the field.”
Peterson’s No. 3 jersey is retired at Georgia Southern and he still stands as the NCAA’s Division I all-time leading rusher with 6,559 yards in regular-season contests. He has more than 9,000 yards counting playoffs.
He is already a member of GS’s Athletics Hall of Fame and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.
The Alachua, Florida, native was a four-time All-American and was the first sophomore to win the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in the FCS. He rushed for 100 or more yards in 48 consecutive games and at the time of graduation, held 30 school and playoff records. He was a sixth-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears in 2002 and was a Super Bowl XLI participant.