Peterson won’t be SpongeBob, but you get the idea

Posted by Darren Urban on July 18, 2012 – 2:22 pm

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.

“I am a cartoon guy,” Peterson said with a smile. “I’m a Tom-and-Jerry, Scooby-Doo type of guy. This is real fun.”

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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10 Responses to “Peterson won’t be SpongeBob, but you get the idea”

  1. By Travis on Jul 18, 2012 | Reply

    My man! I need a new alternate PP jersey for the trip to New England!

  2. By Showme4570 on Jul 18, 2012 | Reply

    One great kid. I hope he breaks his own record for returns this year, but I prefer he stay healthy over that. Nice post Darren

  3. By burdoneski on Jul 18, 2012 | Reply

    If I were to be honest, I wanted “Von Miller” before P-twice but NOW I am so happy how it all worked out because Peterson is special. Not just as an athlete but as a person. I’m hearing about all these arrests around the NFL and the only thing I hear about our CARDS is who’s going to be the QB. Nothing bad and I am so proud of that. I know i’m not part of the team but I have a 2 year old son who is already saying “go cardinals” and I want him to look up to people like our cards.

  4. By D11 on Jul 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ik a 13 year old who is hoping for his favorite player would consider to mentor his . Darren do u think there is any chance this could happen

  5. By in fitz we trust on Jul 18, 2012 | Reply

    i have a feeling opposing teams will be kicking away from peterson….. he will end up with more ints then kick returns this year…

  6. By William Barry on Jul 19, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Patrick breaks the punt return record this year too, and we must get revenge for the NE game, that was played in the snow, some years back (in a lopsided loss). OUR DEFENSE WILL ROCK!!!!!, this year.

  7. By Zach on Jul 21, 2012 | Reply

    God I love seeing that replay of his punt return against the Rams… I remember being at the season opener last year against the Carolina Panthers and I said before the game that I hope he would run one back.

    And then I remember telling everyone that I was with at the game that’s why we drafted him. Still going to by my PP jersey before this season starts.

  8. By clssylssy on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    I love to read stories like this and enjoy the “inner child” in players when it is something constructive for kids to emulate. This has been a bad week for players in the NFL and I’m so proud of our Cards. Thank you Darren for such a “feel good” post!

  9. By Eazy E on Jul 22, 2012 | Reply

    Pretty cool. I remember Darren saying he was getting married and that is cool too. He’ll ball all year again–Year 2

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