A couple of times, it was easy to see Patrick Peterson get animated after big plays — like his bow after the overtime touchdown against the Rams — but now, he will actually be animated. Like in a cartoon.
Peterson showed up to the Tempe facility Wednesday to record his lines for an episode of a Nickelodeon series called NFL Rush Zone. Before, they were web cartoons but now the league and network are combining to make a series of 30-minute cartoons on Nicktoons that will roll out around Thanksgiving.
Other players like Drew Brees, Calvin Johnson and Jimmy Graham have already recorded lines for shows. Peterson — playing himself, so not a big stretch — is in the episode titled, “The Power Play And The Glory.” It’s another way for the NFL to build a fan base, one kid at a time.
“I think it’s important,” Peterson said. “A lot of kids look up to us as athletes and football players, and have dreams to get to where we are at. So words of advice and encouragement gets them going in the right direction.”
Might Peterson want to have a future, post-football, in the entertainment world? He laughed at the notion. “We will see how this one goes first.” (OK, so he’s not ready for an Adrian Wilson-type role yet.)
If anything, Peterson is antsy for training camp, and hey, that’s convienent, since the first practice will be a week from today. “I’ve been taking some trips but I couldn’t do anything but think about football,” Peterson said, noting that he and his new wife (he was married last month) were on a cruise when she asked him why he was working out. “She said, ‘You’re supposed to be relaxing,’ ” Peterson said. “I told her, ‘I can’t. I’ve got to keep moving.’ ”
That’s certainly not the talk of some cartoon character.
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