Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson has been waiting for his chance to stick it to his former team, the Arizona Cardinals, following a sour exit from the organization where he spent the majority of his career.
He got his chance on Sunday and took advantage.
Peterson, who was playing his former team for the first time, helped fuel that Vikings to a 34-26 victory at US Bank Stadium. Peterson broke up three passes and mocked Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray as he got to take it to the Cards.
“I’m still waiting on [general manager] Steve Keim to call me,” Peterson said, according to ESPN’s Kevin Seifart. “Still haven’t talked to him.”
Peterson also revealed that he consistently found disparaging emails from fans printed out and left on his chair during his final seasons with the team. Those emails were addressed to team ownership and were from fans who went at Peterson for his age to his tackling ability and with threats to cancel their season tickets if Peterson was on the roster.
Peterson said it was “mind-boggling” to him that someone would leave those messages for him to see.
“All I heard the last two years is that ‘He’s washed up, he’s done.’ I know we’ve still got a second half of the season to go, but I’m just getting started. Like, I’m in my zone right now. I’m in a groove. I’ve been here before, I know how to keep it. And I want to continue being challenged, and continue helping this team win ballgames.
“Because I promise you this, if I get challenged, I will show up on the stat sheet. And that’s why I’ve been missing out on Pro Bowls and All-Pros. I’m here. Twelve years in and I’m still standing strong.”