Peterson’s other splashy return this calendar year capped his first season in Purple and provided a 66-yard touchdown after an interception in the 2021 finale on Jan. 9.
The pick-six was Peterson’s first interception of the season, but it ensured his streak of nabbing at least one pass every year extended to 11.
Now, he’ll try to make it a dandy dozen while providing veteran leadership to a Vikings cornerbacks room that is still somewhat light on experience despite the recent signing of Chandon Sullivan.
Peterson started all 13 games he played for Minnesota in 2021. The three games he missed because of a hamstring injury suffered at Carolina were the first he had ever missed because of an injury. Peterson also missed a game after landing on the Reserve/COVID-19 list despite being fully vaccinated.
In his first season with Minnesota, Peterson wasn’t challenged as frequently as other Vikings corners, but he did record five passes defensed, along with 45 tackles (two for loss).
He has played in 167 regular-season games, starting each, since his selection by Arizona with the fifth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. Peterson has totaled 544 tackles, 29 interceptions and 96 passes defensed during his career.
The 167 starts rank third among NFL DBs since 2011 behind Devin McCourty (172) and Malcolm Jenkins (170). Jenkins announced his retirement earlier Wednesday.
Peterson’s 29 interceptions are tied with Harrison Smith for the third-most since 2011 among players who were active in Week 18, trailing only Richard Sherman (37) and Marcus Peters (31).