TEMPE, Ariz. -- Cardinals special-teams coach Kevin Spencer was discussing the potential of rookie cornerback and punt returner Patrick Peterson on Wednesday when a player walking off the practice fields interjected with a clarification.
"I don't know, Pat's 21 or 22 years old," Spencer began before the player interrupted.
"I'm 21, coach," the player said, laughing. It was Peterson, of course, and the correction simply put more perspective on what the young star has already accomplished through 11 games as a professional.
In his first NFL season, the awards are already piling up for Peterson. But amid it all, he's remained grounded and focused on improving.
It started in Week 9, when Peterson was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week following his 99-yard punt return for a touchdown in overtime to give the Cardinals a win over the St. Louis Rams.
Peterson earned the award again after recording another punt-return touchdown against the Rams last Sunday, the fourth time he d...