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For Peterson, shoes are Hall-worthy

Posted by Darren Urban on November 29, 2011 – 4:53 pm

First, Patrick Peterson achieves NFL history. Then his shoes are immortalized.

The shoes the rookie wore during his 99-yard overtime winning touchdown punt return Nov. 6 against the Rams have been sent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and are on display in Canton. And the request to put the shoes was even before Peterson’s NFL-record-tying fourth TD return this past weekend.

“When I heard the Hall of Fame called, I was obviously extremely flattered,” Peterson told the Hall of Fame website. “To have your name mentioned alongside some of the best players ever to play the game is humbling.”

(The picture of the display with the shoes is below, in the bottom right of the case. They are alongside a pair of mementos from the 2010 season: A jersey of Jaguars receiver Mike Thomas worn when he caught the Hail Mary deflected game-winner against the Texans, and a jersey of Eagles quarterback Michael Vick from the game in which he became the first player to pass for 300 yards, run for 50, throw for four touchdown passes and run for two TDs in a single game.)

I remember the last time the Hall came calling for something.

A quick thought on Peterson: It’s amazing to me that, as much as he dominated college, he’s been a better punt returner in the pros thus far. He averaged 16.1 yards a return with two touchdowns last year at LSU. This year, it’s 18.0 and four touchdowns.


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22 Responses to “For Peterson, shoes are Hall-worthy”

  1. By Scott H on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hey, let’s get those shoes back right now! They’ve got magic in them! The Hall Of Fame can wait, they ain’t going anywhere!

  2. By AndyStandsUp on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Didn’t Rackers get to send his shoes to the HOF?

  3. By bobf on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Dude’s gonna get a big head.

  4. By sunday on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    Other than the left tackle does anybody have an idea on what direction should cards go when it comes to the next draft picks.The best player available or?.

  5. By Patrick on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    haha… first year in the NFL and already getting HOF recongintion. lol. Good for you PP. Keep up the good work.

  6. By ComeAtMeBro on Nov 29, 2011 | Reply

    @Sunday

    Both O tackles (for sure)

    Possibilities based on future need:
    Mike backer that can replace Bradley
    Safety that has the potential to rise to a Wilson
    Maybe even a free safety in the later rounds to replace Rhodes
    DE to replace Dockett
    Look for Larry’s heir to the throne

    They can talk all they want but there hasn’t even been a clear number 2. The thing with the whole number 2 receiver is all media bs. You can run something with good play design. Another possibility is if the cards can define a number 3 receiver that can play slot and has the toughness to go over the middle for most of the snaps (I nominate Doucet… kinda reminds me of a Boldin), then the number 2 will naturally emerge. No man plays to lose or “come second”. This kinda brings into question the cards Identity. They have to decide if they want to pound the ball and find big plays with Larry or if they want to run a spread offence and let Kolb take the reigns like Warner. I can see both with the potential to happen. Larry, Sampson, Doucet, Roberts, Stuckey… that isn’t anything to scoff at. But Beanie can run the ball and Williams will compete. I can see a great Cards offence in a singleback set. Sherman knows how to block so we can’t discount him either so there will be a couple I sets and maybe the potential for more screens to be run. I think, before secondary needs are assessed on O, the Cards need a clear image of what they are as an offence. This year, they have been in even less of a rhythm than last year and they can’t be blamed because they are just too turbulent. The success the 9ers enjoy is because they know what they have. Alex Smith manages the game. They can run and they have the potential to pass to already established members of 49ers (Davis, Crabtree). There is a lot of talent on this team. They just need to figure out how to organize it better.

    Right guard would be something to look into considering the injuries, but if we go by this year’s injuries, we would need TE’s, RB’s, FB’s and punters. Those injuries can be ignored until next season. If they repeat they can draft. If not then don’t fix what isn’t broken.

  7. By Joram on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Go Patrick get us to the TD’s

  8. By Brandon on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Darren, in this year’s draft do you think if we didnt get and OT we might draft one of these LSU players morris claiborne or Tyrann Mathieu? because we need help in our D ?

    thank you.

  9. By Code on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Less talk about punt returning and more about playing cornerback. What do you think of his progress thus far, Darren?

  10. By Tiago on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    if we still had kurt warner ……

  11. By Corgon on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Hope he’ll turn to a great corner as well. GO PP!

  12. By CORMAC. on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Good for him. He deserves it for the lifetime of work he has put in. Its nice to have an exciting part of the game. Peterson is like Nascar,… your always waiting for the crash :O)

    I also have praise for Coach Whiz. We didnt have need at the conerback position, but when you see a kid with that much talent , you just have to snatch them up. Good job.

    I wish Peterson luck on the final six games. I have high expectations of the lad. I fully expect him to break the NFL all time record for touchdowns. Anything less would be unworthy of such a great NFL start in the league. I want to see some Hall of Fame stuff ;O)

  13. By Darren Urban on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Brandon –

    RE: Draft

    I think, until we know who the top prospects are and where the Cards are drafting, it’s all wide open.

  14. By Darren Urban on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Code –

    RE: PP as CB

    Obviously, he still has a lot of work to do there.

  15. By brad oneill on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    when PP says it is humbling i find that very doubtful. how many people get more humble when they are told the hall of fame is already looking for stuff from them in their rookie season. I really hope this guy pushes himself past the feeling that things are going so good he doesn’t need to work on getting better. I think he has the potential to be as good as Dion Sanders but he isn’t there yet and he is going to have to ward off his tendency to keep doing things his way and not adjust. IE not taking his hands off of receivers. 4 punt returns for touchdowns is amazing and exciting but even if he does get 6 and got 6 every year for his career it wouldn’t be nearly as important to his team as becoming a consistent shut down corner.

  16. By dre 1368 on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    good job on pp21 he’s working and on it. you take the bad with the good he learn how to play corner and with toler they will be great high hopes he just a rookie once we apply more pressure the picks will start coming for sure.

  17. By Craig J - Dallas Fan on Nov 30, 2011 | Reply

    Which way is up ‘ ^ ‘ on this board ??? Hard to tell without time stamps… ( 9:17 pm cst) Congratulations on the drafting of PatPete. Guys were screaming on our board to dump draft picks 2-6 on one of the top teams to be able to get him. Having a guy to return punts and kick offs would really put our team in prime position to rack up points every week. We are surviving with 1 ILB and a Half (the way our senior citizen/veteran ILB’s are playing), our Center is Light in the Assets, and our DB play is unpredictable.

  18. By Marcelof on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    kinda early to talk bout draft picks, regarding the lack of a second well target at WR positon, is there a possibility of drafting one on the first round?

    Fitz is mostly double covered, cards do need a second target to attract defense coverage and let n. 11 wide open more often…

  19. By Darren Urban on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Marcelof –

    RE: WR first round

    It is too early to talk draft. As I sit today, Dec. 1, I wouldn’t discount anything. It’s a long, long time until April, though.

  20. By Eazy E on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    I heard that the other day about the shoes, and that is dope! He deserves it.

  21. By Chuck 1 on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Darren,

    I wish that I’d kept track of how many times you’d been asked about the draft.
    LOL

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