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Peterson Helps Starkey Super Bowl Hearing Mission

Adrian Peterson and 50 Cent were among celebrities who teamed up with Starkey Hearing Foundation and provided the gift of hearing to more than 134 children and adults. (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and his wife Ashley helped Starkey Hearing Foundation with its ninth annual Super Bowl Hearing Mission.

The mission was held Saturday before Super Bowl 50 and benefitted more than 130 children and adults in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"I love what they do. They bring hearing to the world," Peterson said in an interview with Starkey Hearing Foundation. "I've been supporting them for years now and they've always supported me."

Starkey Hearing Foundation is located less than 2 miles north of the Vikings Winter Park headquarters.

Peterson said helping Starkey Hearing Foundation on a mission to Uganda was "heartwarming and melting to see the reaction on the children's faces when they heard for the first time." He's helped founders Bill and Tani Austin with missions closer to home since, including one this past December.

"Bill and Tani are great people," Peterson said. "They give off nothing but love, and what they do is amazing."

Others who joined in the mission included former Viking Jack Brewer, as well as the following celebrities and players:

• Entrepreneur and rapper 50 Cent;

• Actress, singer and songwriter Jordin Sparks;

• Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin (who performed the National Anthem in American Sign Language with Lady Gaga at Super Bowl 50)

• Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.;

• Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald;

• 49ers running back Carlos Hyde;

• 49ers safety Eric Reid;

• Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott;

• Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap;

• New York Jets tight end Zach Sudfeld;

• Arizona Diamondbacks Ryan Burr;

• Washington Redskins running back Pierre Thomas;

• Former NFL players Tommie Harris, Will Witherspoon and Santonio Holmes.

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