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Patrick Peterson’s passion for football has been traced back to his childhood. While in high school, his parents had to forbid him from playing for a while as he neglected his studies and lived only for the sport. But here’s a shocker… Did you know that Patrick has type two diabetes?
Yes, he does; he has been doing his best to manage the condition and has been able to abate the weight struggles it brought him. Beyond a concise account of his bio and family life, here are all the facts you’ve been looking for about the Arizona Cardinals’ cornerback wife, net worth, and body measurement
Patrick Peterson – Bio
Coming from a family that has nurtured a strong bond with American football even before he was birthed on 11th July 1990, it was not a surprise that this bloke grew up to love the sport. Born in Pompano Beach, Florida, Patrick De’mon Peterson Jr. didn’t waste any time in proving that he was set to establish himself as a force to reckon with in the NFL universe when he became a student of Blanche Ely High School located in the city where he was born and raised.
Blazing for the Blanche Ely Mighty Tigers both as a defensive back and as a running back, Patrick pulled off remarkable feats that earned him widespread attention. As culled from the school record, he was able to accumulate 10 rushes for 213 yards as a junior. In addition to that, he obtained 54 tackles and 7 interceptions as a defensive player while he managed 11 touchdowns in total. He maintained this astounding performance as a senior, helping himself to 5 interceptions and 21 tackles on defense. That’s not all, he equally rushed for 733 yards and gathered 11 touchdowns.
Among other things, his performance made it possible for him to take part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl of 2008, it also earned him the USA Today’s 2007 High School All-American honor. Colleges came calling and he settled for Louisiana State University where he thrived as a playmaker for the Fighting Tigers from 2008 to 2012. In the 13 games he played as a true freshman, Patrick bagged 41 tackles and one interception. He improved on this the next season as he recorded 52 tackles (43 solos), this brought him several recognitions but his junior year was even better. Peterson became one of the finest cornerbacks and everyone agreed he would be picked in the first round after it emerged that he would avail himself for the 2011 NFL Draft.
Some of the most coveted accolades he earned during his college career include the Jim Thorpe and Chuck Bednarik award which he both received in 2010. That same year, he was named in first-team All-SEC and first-team All-America. The previous year (2009), the cornerback was as well named in first-team All-America and second-team All-SEC.
As predicted, Peterson was picked in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, he was the 5th overall pick and the first cornerback to get drafted. With the Cardinals, he quickly proved his worth as he bettered the NFL rookie record for punt return yards, taking it to 699 from a previous 656 set by Louis Lipps way back in 1984. Leading the NFL in punt return yards (699) and touchdowns (4) during his rookie campaign, Patrick became the first player in the history of the league to attain 4 punt return touchdowns that exceeded 80 yards in one season.
Also, he became the fourth player in NFL history to return 4 punts for touchdowns in one season. Attaining other phenomenal feats, Patrick Paterson has kept up with his rookie performance. The 2017 season saw him partake in his 7th consecutive Pro Bowl. Beyond this, he has received the first-team All-Pro honor three-times, first in 2011 and then in 2013 and 2015. As of 2017, his NFL stats boasts of one forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 5 total touchdowns, 21 interceptions, 71 pass deflections, and 331 total tackles.
His Wife and Family
It is no secret that the cornerback has been a husband to Antonique Larry since 2012. Patrick and Antonique tried for about a year and six months before she conceived and eventually gave birth to their only child yet, a daughter they named after . Paityn Antonique Peterson was born sometime in November 2015.
The Cards cornerback’s parents are Shandra Peterson and Patrick Peterson Sr. His father has been hugely credited for laying the foundation of his son’s success as an athlete. It is said that the man was a fine sportsman himself. He left the path after it was discovered he had a heart murmur during his high school days. Years later after he had his son, Patrick Sr. vowed to help Patrick Jr. achieve all the dreams he abandoned and became his coach.
Patrick isn’t the only child of his parents, he has a younger brother named Avery Peterson who has also embrace a career in football. Like mentioned earlier, the cornerback hails from a family that loves the American football. His cousins, Santana Moss, Sinorice Moss, Bryant McFadden, and Walter McFadden all played the game professionally.
Patrick Peterson’s Net Worth
For an NFL star who has enjoyed many years of a successful career like Patrick Peterson, it is not surprising that many are interested in knowing the extent of the wealth the cornerback has garnered over the years. While several figures ranging from $10 million and $70 million has been quoted as the total value of the footballer’s wealth, it only goes to show that Patrick Peterson’s net worth is best known to him.
Nonetheless, we can tell that a major bulk of his riches came from his football career. The first deal he inked with the Big Red team after he was drafted was worth $18.42 million. The fully guaranteed four-year contract came with a signing bonus of $11.90 million. In June 2014, the team extended its pacts with Peterson for another five years. This time, the deal which was worth $70 million guaranteed $48 million and handed the star $15.3 million as a signing bonus.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
It is believed that height and other body features like weight, hand size, and arm length contributes to the performance of a footballer. Granted, Patrick isn’t the cornerback with the most ideal physical attributes, but he doesn’t have anything to worry about in this regard as he is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 203 lb. While his arm length measures 32 inches, his hand size is 9 1⁄4 inches.