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Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson ‘shed a tear’ after making NFL All-Decade team

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Since being drafted 5th overall in the 2011 draft, Arizona Cardinals star Patrick Peterson has been one of the best cornerbacks in all of the NFL. In his first nine seasons, the 29-year-old has been named a Pro Bowler eight times and a First-Team All-Pro selection three times.

Before he entered the NFL with the Cardinals, Peterson was a consensus five-star recruit, and at LSU, Peterson was a two-time All-American. However, despite all of these career accomplishments thus far, one, in particular, has stood out for the veteran corner.

In April, the NFL announced the All-Decade team for the 2010s. As a Pro Bowler nearly every season in the decade, it makes sense that Peterson was on the list. But, that didn’t make it any less impactful for the Cardinals star.

“I shed a tear because that’s always something I envisioned myself being, one of the greats to ever play the game,” Peterson said per Jess Root of USA Today.. “If I’m not mistaken, 36 corners made All-Decade team in 101 seasons of football. To be one of those guys out of God knows how many thousands of corners that played the game. It definitely was tears of joy.”

The league suspended Peterson for six games in 2019 for violating the league’s PED policy. Still, in 10 games, the star corner recorded 53 tackles, seven passes defended three tackles for a loss and two interceptions.

Peterson was not the only Cardinal to make the All-Decade team either. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and defensive end Calais Campbell both made the list as well as current Cardinals star Chandler Jones who spent the first half of his career with the New England Patriots.