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Former All-Pro running backs Adrian Peterson, Le’Veon Bell to box in exhibition on July 30

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Running backs entering the ring are becoming a trend.

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Adrian Peterson, the NFL’s fifth-best rusher of all time, and Le’Veon Bell, a former two-time All-Pro, are set to fight in an exhibition boxing match on July 30 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. promoter Social Gloves Entertainment announced on Friday.

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Neither Peterson, 37, nor Bell, 30, have ever competed in the boxing ring or officially retired from the NFL.

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Peterson played a total of four games in 2021 — three for the Tennessee Titans and one for the Seattle Seahawks — to mark his 17th NFL season and his sixth and seventh teams. Bell also saw time for a couple of teams in 2021, splitting eight games with the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Peterson-Bell fight will take place on the undercard of Social Gloves 2, a card that continues the trend of boxing events featuring social media figures, athletes and celebrities. Social Gloves 2, which will be streamed on pay-per-view, will be led by YouTube personalities Austin McGroom and AnEsonGib. It will also feature former NBA player Nick Young taking on rapper Blueface and rapper DGG taking on rapper PnB Rock.

The announcement came less than two months before Frank Gore, No. 3 in NFL history, won his professional boxing debut via first-round knockout on May 15.

However, Bell and Peterson’s first appearance in the ring will be revealing, as will Gore’s appearance against former NBA player Deron Williams in December 2021.

Thanks in large part to YouTuber Jake Paul running into other YouTube celebrities, former NBA player Nate Robinson, and more recently, older former mixed martial artists predominantly involved in wrestling, the world of celebrity boxing now appears to be a destination for former top running backs.

However, NFL standouts engaging in sweet science are not entirely new. Longtime NFL linebacker Lyle Alzado once boxed Muhammad Ali at an exhibition, and other former D linebackers Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Alonzo Highsmith and Mark Gastineau have ventured into professional boxing. Highsmith effectively knocked out Gastineau after both greatly increased their records by defeating journeymen.

Bell, who is seven years younger than Peterson, is a three-time professional bowler and two-time All-Pro. These awards came from five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After sitting out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Steelers, Bell signed a lucrative contract with the New York Jets but never regained his former form and was released during his second season with the club. He went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Ravens, and the Bucks.

Most consider Peterson the greatest player of all time, with 14,918 yards backing that claim. With 120 rushing touchdowns in his career, Peterson was also the last running back to win the AP NFL MVP award, which he did in 2012 during his 10-season stint with the Minnesota Vikings. After that, Peterson played for the Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, Washington, Detroit Lions, Titans and Seahawks.

Peterson and Bell are currently free agents.

The two former great runners who filmed on Sundays are now set to play hands on Saturday night.



Source: www.nfl.com

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