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Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson Very Worthy of Second Pro Bowl Selection

December 28th, 2012 at 7:42 AM
By Steve Smith

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Two seasons. Two Pro Bowl selections.

Not a bad way to begin your NFL career.

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was named to his second Pro Bowl in two seasons, this time as a reserve cornerback. Last season Peterson was selected as a Pro Bowl return man in his rookie campaign. He becomes the ninth Cardinals cornerback to make the Pro Bowl. t 

Peterson is very worthy of the honor – he is second in the NFL in interceptions (7) and has picked off a pass in four straight games. The LSU product is the first Cardinal to do that since Aeneas Williams in 1994.

Peterson also ranks 12th in the league in passes defensed (15). He has added 53 tackles, a fumble recovery and is always lined up against the top receiver on the opposing team. Just recently he went head-to-head with Brandon Marshall and Calvin Johnson and held his own. Peterson joins Chicago's Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings as NFC cornerbacks.

He also is just the second player, along with Hall of Famer Rod Woodson, to make the Pro Bowl as both a kick returner and a defensive back. 

Pretty impressive.

Fitzgerald and Washington named Pro Bowl alternates

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and linebacker Daryl Washington were named as Pro Bowl alternates. They have a chance to play in the Pro Bowl if a starter drops out (which often happens). In fact, you can almost bet on it happening.

All-time series vs. 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers lead the all-time series with the Cardinals, 25-17, including a 24-3 rout in Week Eight in Glendale. That was the game in which former starting quarterback Alex Smith tossed three touchdown passes, including two to Michael Crabtree. John Skelton started at QB for the Red Birds and threw for 290 yards but was intercepted once and sacked four times. Arizona was held to just seven rushing yards in that contest.

 

 

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Tags: Aeneas Williams, Alex Smith, Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Brandon Marshall, Calvin Johnson, Daryl Washington, Football, John Skelton, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Crabtree, NFL, Patrick Peterson

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