Patrick Peterson

Peterson attended Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he played running back and defensive back. In his junior campaign he recorded 11 total touchdowns on offense, while recording seven interceptions and 54 tackles on defense. He also returned three kick-offs for touchdowns and added 10 rushes for 213 yards. As a senior, Peterson compiled 733 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns (9 rushing, one kick return and one punt return). Defensively, he had 21 tackles and five interceptions.

Besides numerous All-American team selections, Peterson was named “Defensive Player of the Year” by USA Today. He also participated in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

A consensus five-star prospect by all major recruiting services, Peterson was rated as the nation’s fifth best overall player by Rivals.com and No. 8 by ESPN. Prior to his senior season he verbally committed to play for the University of Miami, but continued to look at other schools.[1] By November 2007, Peterson had reopened his recruiting process and acknowledged interest in Georgia, USC, Florida, and LSU.[2] He later dropped Georgia and USC from his list and added Florida State,[3] but eventually announced his decision to attend LSU at the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Peterson ran the second fastest 40-yard dash time at the combine at 4.34 seconds. He tied for the third best vertical jump among DB's at 38 inches. He did this all being one of the biggest cornerbacks at the combine at 6' and 219 lbs.

Peterson was selected fifth overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2011 NFL Draft. Peterson signed four year contract with undisclosed terms.[29] On his first NFL play, in a preseason game on Sat., Aug. 27, 2011, Peterson intercepted Philip Rivers and returned it for a touchdown. Peterson scored his first touchdown on a Cardinals record 89-yard punt return late in the 4th quarter to put Arizona ahead for good as they beat Cam Newton's Carolina Panthers 28-21 in week 1 on September 11, 2011.

Peterson scored his second touchdown on a 82-yard punt return late in the 2nd quarter to extend Arizona's lead over the Baltimore Ravens in week 8 on October 30, 2011. Peterson took it to the house in overtime on November 6, 2011 against the St. Louis Rams for one of the most amazing plays of the 2011 NFL season. On this play, Peterson fielded the punt at the one yard line, evaded several would-be tacklers, and scored on a sensational 99-yard return to win the game.

In the same game, Peterson intercepted a flea-flicker pass from Sam Bradford, intended for Brandon Lloyd. He currently is tied for the single season record for punt return touchdowns with four. He tied it against St. Louis on November 27, 2011. Peterson was selected to the 2012 Pro Bowl and was the only rookie to be selected to the 2011 All-Pro First Team, as a kick return specialist.

Peterson went by the last name "Johnson" when he signed with LSU, but formally changed it to "Peterson" in August 2008. His parents are Patrick and Shandra Peterson of Fort Lauderdale, FL. He is a relative of NFL players Bryant McFadden, Walter McFadden, Sinorice Moss and Santana Moss (his maternal cousins). Peterson's younger brother, Avery Johnson is a member of the ESPNU 150 Watch List. Johnson is LSU's first commitment for the Class of 2012. Johnson is a wide receiver with offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami-FL, Michigan, North Carolina, USC, Central Florida and Memphis.