Patrick Peterson, a Florida native, played running back and cornerback for Blanche Ely High School. Excelling on both sides of the ball, he was rated the number five overall prospect by Rivals.com and was awarded Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today. After initially verbally committing to the University of Miami, he decided to change his school of choice to LSU at the US Army All-American game.
After a strong freshman season, the Floridian established himself as an elite defensive player. After his sophomore season, Peterson was named a Second-Team All-American player. In his junior year Peterson continued to flourish at corner, as well as a punt and kick returner.
During his junior year, and what would be his last season in college, the Chuck Bednarik Award winner intercepted four passes and scored three touchdowns, one off an interception and two others off of punt returns. Peterson also accumulated 33 tackles and a forced fumble, which he recovered, as well as averaging 24 yards returning punts and 28 yards on kickoffs.
After running the second fastest 40-yard dash time at 4.34 at the NFL combine in 2011, he was picked fifth overall by the Arizona Cardinals, and tied the single-season record with four punt return touchdowns in one season. One of them set the NFL longest return record of 99 yards. In his first two seasons, Peterson intercepted nine passes and is now considered one of the most electrifying players in the league.