MANKATO, Minn. - Faithful Vikings fans know you don't go to training camp without a Sharpie and something for the players to sign.
From jerseys to helmets, most players have signed everything, but Friday afternoon there was a fan among the crowd with something they hadn't seen before. Bennett, 10, came with an oversized football.
"That's a big football," Cordarrelle Patterson said as he signed the ball.
Moments later, Brian Robison found a spot to place his signature. When asked if he had signed a football that size he said, "No, I don't think I have. This is a first. "
Bennett, spent Friday hanging out with his sister and aunt and Uncle from Duluth. After waiting two-hours he had about a dozen signatures on his ball. Admittedly, he had a hard time holding the ball above his head and extended across the fence that separated him from the players.
"He passes it off to me when he gets tired," said his uncle, Paul Solem.
Despite his weary arms, little Bennett was holding out hope for his favorite player, Adrian Peterson.
Nearby, a group of boys from St. Paul were thrilled. They also had a dozen signatures. They attended training camp as part of a birthday celebration for their friend, Ethan Mills who turned 13.
And just when they thought the celebration had peeked, Peterson emerged from the field walking toward the cafeteria.
The crowd yelled "Adrian, Adrian." Bennett pleaded for his attention. While walking, Peterson waved and told the fans, "Later, later. Sorry."
Soon after, most in the crowd left, but Bennett and his family stayed. He hopes all the players who got a kick out of his gigantic ball will send Adrian his way before the camp ends.