My son and grandson and I had the pleasure and privilege of attending the GSU/Tech game Saturday on the A.J. SOARS charter bus with Adrian Peterson, Georgia Southern great, as the host.
The trip was sponsored by Chops On Main Restaurant in Statesboro and they have initiated several other fund raisers to defray the medical expense being incurred by Adrian and his wife Angela’s oldest son A.J., who is 6.
A.J. was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare form of brain tumor in children. A.J. has had radiation treatment and will be enrolled in experimental treatment programs in the future. The cancerous tumor is inoperable and the survival rate is less than 10 percent.
Adrian was the 1999 Walter Peyton Award winner as the best I-AA player in the country and was drafted in 2002 by the Chicago Bears where he played for eight years.
He is a very Christian young man and has authored a book, “Don’t Diss My Abilities.”
The game was won by Georgia Tech after the Eagles came back to lead with 10 minute to play in the fourth quarter. Georgia Southern was on Tech’s 22 yard line with 4 minutes left to play when an incomplete pass was ruled a fumble which precluded Southern winning the game. The play was reviewed and changed, (incorrectly in my opinion, by the reviewing officials. After the game my son asked a large group of Tech fans if they had heart problems after GSU came back with 28 points to Tech’s 7 in the second half; all said they were just lucky to win this game.
A great time was had by the fans who attended and another A.J. SOARS trip is planned for the Oct.25 Georgia State game at the Dome in Atlanta.
The bus is very nice and the bus takes you very close to the gate and picks you up promptly. For more information about A.J. and the family and upcoming events go to www.gofundme.com/A.J.-Soars or www.facebook.com/A.J.soars. Call Chops restaurant at (912) 764-7119 or go to chopsonmain.com for A.J. fund raising events.
Clark is retired Navy and lives in Pembroke. GSU's Adrian Peterson is not the Minnesota Viking who has been making news in recent weeks.