"I thought I was Superman until I experienced that life-changing anaphylactic shock,'' Peterson told USA Today Sports about his life-threatening experience. "I was eating lunch and gobbled down a couple of bowls of gumbo."
"Then, 15 minutes later, I'm in my dorm room resting up," Peterson said. "My eyes started itching and my throat was swelling up. I could barely breathe.'' Despite Peterson's death scare, the 2012 MVP was able to call the Vikings trainer about his scary situation. "I'm normally pretty good under pressure so I stayed calm, didn't panic too much and just called to get the help I knew I needed,'' Peterson said about the shrimp incident.
Minnesota Vikings trainer Eric Sugermen raced over to Peterson's Mankato State dorm room injected Peterson with an EpiPen, so the NFL star could breathe again. Peterson was then rushed to a nearby hospital. Peterson had no long term effects from his shrimp scare, but the horrifying incident made Peterson want to learn more. Now, Peterson has partnered with Mylan Specialty L.P., which is the maker of the EpiPen auto injector that saved him, as a spokesman for an Anaphlaxis Preparedness Campaign.
According to USA Today, Anaphylaxis can affect up to 43 million people in the United States, with children being the most effected. Peterson now carries two EpiPen's with him. "It's a serious situation and it's pretty common across the world,'' Peterson said to the newspaper. "A lot of people can learn from my scare. Seafood was always my favorite food. I mean fried lobster? Come on. Once I found out shrimp, scallops and lobster were my allergic triggers, I had to change my diet.''
In addition to be an EpiPen spokesperson, Peterson has also become an NFL role model for player such as RGIII. "I'm cool with that role,'' Peterson said. "It makes me feel good knowing I set the bar high. "It feels good when guys reach out to be inspired and you have shown people an example of how you can come back and be better than you were before when adversity strikes; and when the world predicts the opposite, you show them you not only can be successful but be great.''
"RG3's confidence level is where mine was at and I think he'll be back Week 1 and each week, he'll get stronger,'' Peterson said about the young player. "I have a lot of confidence in the young guy.
"I've been with him a couple of times. And judging by how he approached his rookie year, if he continues taking that same strong mindset and applies it to his rehab, he'll do better this season than last. I'm pulling for him.''