Free Veteran Agent NFL Linebackers Adrian Peterson and Le’Veon Bell sign heavyweight contracts boxing They will face each other live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 30.
Bell and Peterson will continue the tradition of retired professional athletes entering the boxing ring. This past December, San Francisco 49ers longtime RB Frank Goure played an exhibition game against former NBA All-Star point guard Deron Williams.
Bell used social media on Friday to share the news.
This will be the first time that both former All-Pro appearances have competed in a boxing ring, but since it is an exhibition, the fight will not officially mark their debut in professional boxing, per ESPN.
Peterson (6-1, 220) and Bill (6-1, 225) will meet on the bottom card of Social Gloves 2, an event promoted by YouTube.
The 37-year-old Peterson appeared in just four games last season, splitting time between Tennessee and Seattle while averaging 2.6 yards per carry. He spent the first ten years of his career with Minnesota, being the first four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler. He won the MVP award in 2012 after becoming the seventh player to rush 2,000 yards in a single season. He scores fifth on the NFL’s career rush yards list (14,918 yards).
Bale, 30, finished last season with Tampa Bay and also averaged 2.6 yards in eight games. Before jumping in in recent seasons, he was a star in Pittsburgh and made three Pro Bowls in his first five seasons.
Neither Bell nor Peterson has officially retired from the NFL. Peterson previously stated that when he hangs up the cleats, he wants to do it as a Viking.
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