Patrick Peterson Reiterates "Cardinal For Life" Hope, And Golfs Well

Patrick Peterson -- along with Larry Fitzgerald -- is playing in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe this weekend, and his first round Friday couldn't have gone much better after surging to second place.

But it was a pre-round interview with Sirius XM NFL radio that got the most attention, with Peterson saying once again he hopes to be a "Cardinal for life" and is in a "happy place" with the organization despite a bumpy last nine months that included a trade request and an upcoming six-game suspension to start the 2019 regular season.

"I would love to be a Cardinal for life but things happen," Peterson said. "Something could change next month. Things happen not only in football but the world in general. I would love to be a Cardinal for life. I would love to be one of those guys who brings the organization its first championship."

Peterson called last season a "whirlwind" with a new coaching staff, noting the change from a 3-4 defensive scheme to a 4-3 when the 3-4 likely fit the roster better. He acknowledged -- again -- he had been frustrated with the team's tumble after coming within a game of the Super Bowl back in 2015.

"It was very tough to deal with," Peterson said. "As one of the leaders, I definitely felt it shouldn't have gone that way. But people upstairs, they can trade players and try to shop players around whenever they need to. So I didn't see what was wrong with me asking for a trade at the time. So it kind of works both ways. But right now I'm in a very, very happy place with the team. All of this is behind us now, obviously, and something new came up with me being suspended for the first six games.

"But I'm a man, I have to lick my wounds and be able to move forward from all of this. I have moved forward and I'm ready to see what the future has to bring for me."

The immediate future may bring a coveted golf win in Tahoe, although Peterson's round was a surprise after his 24-point round in the modified Stableford scoring system. In five previous trips to the tournament, Peterson had never had a round higher than 13 points. He has never finished better than 22nd place, but now is behind only former Cowboy QB Tony Romo's 26 points. Peterson shot an even-par 72 for the round.

Former Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is tied for sixth with 20 points, while Fitzgerald has 12 points, tied for 19th.

Patrick Peterson walks on the 17th fairway during the final round of the Tournament of Champions LPGA golf tournament Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Patrick Peterson golfing at an LPGA event in January.

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