Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson still bitter about NFL All-Pro snub
Arizona Cardinals star cornerback Patrick Peterson, who went to the Pro Bowl for the seventh time in as many seasons on Sunday, has been named to the Associated Press NFL All-Pro first team three times.
However, according to an article written by Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic, he’s still upset about not being named as an All-Pro this season. (And, no, he doesn’t think his two interceptions in this year’s Pro Bowl made up for this season’s All-Pro snub.)
“No, that definitely didn’t make up for not making the All-Pro team because All-Pro is something I put all my hard work and effort towards throughout the week and throughout the season, to receive that nomination,” Peterson said on Monday. “So no, (Sunday’s) game definitely didn’t make up for it. But I’ve got another year to do it and I’ll be working even harder this year to make sure I don’t miss it in 2018.”
Peterson is certainly feeling slighted, as was clear by this tweet that he sent out earlier this month when the first and second All-Pro teams were announced:
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? 🤫
If a ball isn’t thrown your way, do ”experts” take notice? 🤫
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) January 6, 2018
He said that being snubbed for the second year in a row by the so-called “experts” has given him that much more motivation going forward.
“Oh, this has definitely put a chip on my shoulder, for sure,” Peterson said. “I mean, honestly, what more can I do? I don’t get the ball thrown to me. I’m the least targeted. I give up the least catches. What more can I do?”
What does Peterson intend to do in order to get more recognition again? Maybe be more like Deion Sanders, one of the greatest cornerbacks and most vocal NFL players to ever suit step foot on a field.
“What, I’ve got to put a billboard up that says, ‘Try me?’ or something like that? I may have to, I don’t know. I may have to channel my inner Deion (Sanders),” Peterson said.
Sometimes, that’s just how things go when it comes to the cornerback position. Getting the job done at a high level doesn’t always attract the credit deserved, especially if quarterbacks aren’t throwing the ball to receivers that are locked up.