Patrick Peterson has spent a lot of his offseason catching up on reading. He's been diving into some of the great literary works: "Paddington Goes to the Beach," "The Cat in the Hat," and "Giraffes Can't Dance," among others.
The Cardinals cornerback loves reading with his 3-year-old daughter, Paityn, so it makes sense that a lot of his community engagement is focused around improving literacy.
On Wednesday, Peterson was at Desert Palms Elementary School to unveil Patrick's Corner, the 14th reading room of its kind across the state. By working with Valley of the Sun United Way and Scholastic, Peterson helped furnish the room with bookshelves, beanbag chairs, a reading module, a stereo listening center, an audio library and more than 1,700 books. Peterson got to help four students read one of those, "Giraffes Can't Dance," to the rest of the group.
A live look at Patrick Peterson when he unveils another Patrick's Corner in Arizona. (Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP)
Outside of Wednesday, Peterson's offseason relaxation could be punctuated by all the rumors around the team. He's seen the Kyler Murray-Josh Rosen talk. It's hard to miss.
"I mean, I definitely see it, but obviously that's something that's out of my control," Peterson said. "Steve (Keim) and Mr. (Michael) Bidwill and Kliff (Kingsbury), those guys know what they want, know what they want the team to look like, so I'm sure they don't even have a decision in their heads just yet. Cause if they did, Josh would probably be gone by now.
"So it's a tough decision up there that those guys have to make upstairs. And like I said, we have all the trust in the world in those guys that they are going to do whatever they need to do to help our team to become better and competitive in this 2019-20 season."
Peterson was more focused on the fact that the Cardinals have 11 picks in next month's draft, one of only three teams to earn four compensatory picks. No matter what happens in the draft, Peterson will still have a number of new teammates to get to know this season. The Cardinals have had an active free agency.
"I got a whole new squad. I think I might have to introduce myself when we get back in the locker room April 8," Peterson said with a laugh.
He won't have to introduce himself to pass rusher Terrell Suggs — Peterson has been hoping to get the Arizona native in a Cardinals uniform for years. He hopes to keep Suggs around for a few more years, joking that 20 seasons is the goal. Suggs is currently at 16.
Peterson has a new coach, a number of new teammates, and he'll also enter his ninth season with a new rule. On Tuesday at league meetings, the NFL announced that pass interference can now be challenged and reviewed. The change passed with a 31-1 vote.
Peterson seems in favor of the rule.
"Sometimes the human eye can't get it right," Peterson said. "I believe now implementing that into the game would definitely – I won't necessarily say you know, slow down the calling, but those close calls, if a coach has a discrepancy of 'that wasn't a pass interference,' now you can put it on instant replay, it can be slowed down a little bit. And you know, hopefully we'll get some of those calls overturned now."
But it will still be a while before Peterson can really see about the new rule or the new teammates or the new coach. So until then, he works on what he knows. He knows he wants to continue working through the Patrick Peterson Foundation for Success to further education initiatives in Arizona. His dream is to open a learning center that does test prep as well.
"The limit on (Patrick's) Corners, the sky's the limit," he said. "I believe we're working in the right direction. We just want to continue to be patient and see what the years bring to us."