Friday night in downtown Phoenix Peterson put those skills to work in a different capacity orchestrating the Phoenix Symphony in the National Anthem before their performance at Symphony Hall.
“I didn’t know the rhythm or the beat to be on,” Peterson said with a sheepish grin to the assembled media moments after leading 66 of the state’s most distinguished musicians. “But once the National Anthem got going I kind of got in the rhythm. It was fun.”
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— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@RealPeterson21) October 1, 2016
The five-time Pro Bowl cornerback, who already has two interceptions in three games this season, is the second Cardinal to step on stage. Legendary wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was a guest conductor a few years ago. The opportunity was presented to Peterson by team president Michael Bidwill and one “Pat P.” happily accepted.
— The Phoenix Symphony (@PhoenixSymphony) October 1, 2016
Peterson, who is heavily involved in the community, said Fitz gave him a few words of simple wisdom leading up to the event.
“He told me to just go out there and be me,” he carefully explained flashing a wide grin. “Because whatever I do, the [symphony] is going to continue to play…I guess that’s what made [the experience] peaceful for me because I didn’t want to screw them up.”