Patrick Peterson shows off need for speed with impressive car collection
We all know Patrick Peterson the Arizona Cardinals cornerback, but now he’s showing off a different side of himself: Patrick Peterson, the car collector.
“My love for cars started when I was about 7 years old,” Peterson said in a video for GQ Sports. “I had an opportunity to watch my dad and his friend build a ’72 Nova. So just seeing the time, the dedication, passion that went into building a car, I was like ‘Man, if I’m able to build a car of my choice one day, I want to feel that same excitement and joy that my dad’s friend felt once the project was done.'”
Peterson bought his first car, a Chevrolet Tahoe, during his rookie season with the Cardinals. In the offseason, the collecting began.
A 2004 ATV Banshee was the kickoff to his collection. The red four-wheeler is customized with the yardage of all the touchdowns he made in the 2011-12 season.
Peterson now owns 13 cars worth an estimated $3 million total.
The latest addition is a 2020 Mercedes AMG GT R Pro which he has nicknamed “Mamba” after the late Kobe Bryant. The sleek black car features Peterson’s logo surrounded by snakes.
The cornerback’s dream car and “baby” is a 1973 Chevrolet Caprice convertible with a red interior nicknamed “Rocky.” He’s rebuilt it twice and added a push start, bluetooth radio and air conditioning.
A few of the other cars in his garage include a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, a 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 RS and a 2018 Rolls Royce Dawn he drives to State Farm Stadium on game days.
Peterson said as for working on the cars personally, he’s painted two of them himself and done a few engine swaps, but that’s it.
“As far as getting my hands actually dirty, nah I just sit back and let the pros do what they do,” he said with a laugh. “They can’t come out on the football field and say, ‘Man let me play cornerback.'”
His collection isn’t just for admiring. Peterson takes them all out of the road to keep the cars in performing shape.
“All my cars are kind of special,” he said. “They hold their weight, hold their value and definitely appreciate their value as well.”