MINNEAPOLIS — Never underestimate a revenge game for Patrick Peterson.
The Minnesota Vikings cornerback was primed for Sunday’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, for whom he played the first 10 years of his career. And Peterson let them know all about it — during and after the Vikings’ 34-26 win at US Bank Stadium.
Peterson broke three passes, taunted Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray during a midgame dance, and afterwards made it clear he still resents how his time in Arizona ended.
“I’m still waiting [general manager] Steve Keim to call me,” said Peterson, who left the Cardinals after the 2020 season. “I still haven’t spoken to him.”
Peterson also revealed that during his final seasons in the Cardinals locker room, he routinely found disparaging emails from fans printed out and left on his chair. According to Peterson, the emails were addressed to team owners, with messages ranging from his age to his ability to cope to threats of having season tickets canceled as long as he stayed on the roster.
Peterson said it was “stunning” to him that someone – presumably from the Cardinals organization – would relay such messages. He said he remembered thinking, “What did I do to deserve this from a fan?”
The cardinals did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Peterson struggled with the Cardinals on the touchline throughout the game. When safety Harrison Smith intercepted Murray near midfield in the third quarter, Peterson began to celebrate even as Smith returned the ball on the touchline. Asked later to identify the dance, Peterson said, “I think it was Call of Duty. Is that what they call it? modern warfare? I’m not a gamer. I know nothing about video games. I just heard the game just came out.”
Murray is known to be a huge fan of the game. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II was released on Friday.
Peterson has now broken six passes in the Vikings’ last two games after managing four breakups in the first five. He said he’s eager to show the entire NFL that he’s “still got it” at the age of 32 and four years after his last Pro Bowl.
He added, “All I’ve heard in the last two years is, ‘He’s washed up, he’s done.’ I know we still have a second half of the season ahead of us, but I’m just getting started. I’m in my zone right now. I’m in a groove I’ve been here before, I know how to hold it. And I want to keep being challenged and keep helping this team win ball games.
“Because I promise you that if I’m challenged, I’ll show up on the stat sheet. And that’s why I missed Pro Bowls and All-Pros. I’m here. Twelve years in and I’m still going strong.”
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