Patrick Peterson is a fourth-year cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals. He has been named to the AP All-Pro First-Team twice as a member of the Cardinals and won the Jim Thorpe Award while playing collegiately at Louisiana State University.
Peterson was born on July 11, 1990 in Fort Lauderdale, FL and attended Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, FL. He played running back and defensive back for the Mighty Tigers football team and was named to several All-American teams following his senior season. He committed verbally to the University of Miami as a junior, but after being named Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today, he changed his mind and announced at the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl that he would attend Louisiana State University instead.
Louisiana State University
Peterson arrived at LSU as one of the top recruits in the country, and he played in 13 games as a true freshman, finishing with 41 tackles and an interception. He emerged as one of the best corners in the country as a sophomore in 2009, earning First-Team All-Southeastern Conference recognition from ESPN and Second-Team All-American honors from The Sporting News. Entering his junior season, he was named to the preseason watch lists for the Nagurski Award, the Thorpe Award, and several other prominent awards in college football.
LSU decided to use Peterson on punt and kick returns, and this new dimension to his game made him an unlikely candidate for the Heisman Trophy. He finished the season with 23 tackles, two interceptions, and two punts returned for touchdowns while also seeing limited action as a receiver and running back on offense. He was recognized as a unanimous First-Team All-American and took home the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back.
Peterson left LSU with one year of eligibility remaining and entered the 2011 NFL Draft. The Arizona Cardinals drafted the athletic corner with the 5th overall pick, signing him to a four-year contract. He became an instant star for Arizona, returning a punt for an 89 yard score to help his team beat the Carolina Panthers in his first professional game. He eventually tied an NFC record with four punt returns for touchdowns in one single season. He was selected to the 2011 All-Pro First Team as a return specialist and earned a spot on the NFC Pro Bowl squad.
During his second season, Peterson recorded a career-high seven interceptions and made his second consecutive Pro Bowl. He only managed to record three interceptions in 2013, but he once again made the Pro Bowl and was named to his second All-Pro First Team.
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