Patrick Peterson will forever be remembered as one of the best defensive backs and return men in LSU history. To say that he is doing fairly well for himself now would be an understatement.
Peterson is easily one of the best defensive backs in NFC with the Arizona Cardinals and is making a large amount of money with his fresh contract. He decided to give back to his alma mater on Saturday. According to Saturday Down South, Peterson made the largest donation to LSU in program history by giving $1 million.
“We are very proud and appreciative of Patrick and his family for this amazing gift,” LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva said in a release. “Patrick is a great ambassador for LSU and a serves as a tremendous role model for our players.
“We watch him on Sunday’s in the NFL with great pride knowing that he’s part of the LSU family. This gift demonstrates Patrick’s commitment to his school and the passion that he has for LSU. We are very fortunate to have Patrick Peterson on our team.”
Peterson’s donation will go towards the program’s new weight room. It will be named the “Peterson-Roberts Weight Room” as the other half of the money came from David Roberts, a local businessman who made the other $1 million donation.
“I want to set an example and challenge other former players to give back to our great University,” Peterson said. “LSU is a wonderful place that helped me develop into the person that I am today. I hope that my donation will encourage and inspire other former student-athletes to give back.”
Maybe this will make up for LSU’s opening game against McNeese State being canceled due to inclement weather Saturday night. Thanks for everything you have done for LSU, Patrick.
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