Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) runs with the ball to score a touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Cordarrelle Patterson: The Pro Bowl "Did Me Wrong"


When Cordarrelle Patterson was added to the 2014 Pro Bowl, Vikings fans were hoping that they’d get to see him playing on the offensive side of the ball.  He was listed as the “return specialist” for Team Sanders on the official roster.  Instead, Patterson was regulated to special teams where he acted as a gunner and punt returner, since there were no kickoffs in the game.  He ended the game with 2 punt returns for one yard and zero tackles.

Patterson spoke with Mike Wobschall after the team’s optional workouts on Monday, and here’s what he had to say about the experience:

Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) stands along the sidelines as the defense plays the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) stands along the sidelines as the defense plays the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

“The Pro Bowl, man. They did me wrong, man. They used me as gunner. I never did gunner in my life. And they took the kickoff return out of the game and I consider myself one of the best kickoff returners out there, you know. A lot of guys on the list, too.  But they can’t do that to a guy like me.  They played me.  And I hope next year I get there and I hope they use me a little more.”

Should the Pro Bowl nod of Patterson be considered an honor even if he was horribly misused?  Or is it something that he should appreciate even if they didn’t quite fit him into the festivities?  What do you think?

Did the Pro Bowl do Cordarrelle Patterson wrong?

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  • Spencer Davis

    I love what Cordarelle did as a rookie, and the promise he has for the future. But comments like that make me think he’s going to be the next T.O. Keep your mouth shut and let you’re play on the field do the talking. If you get selected to the pro bowl as a special teams player, then that’s what you should do in the pro bowl. If you want more action next year, then play your ass off and make it as a receiver.

    • squentez

      He’s not mouthing off he’s just stating the obvious..they eliminated what got him to the pro bowl and made him play a role he has NEVER played..so yeah they did him wrong but at the same time motivated him

      • Spencer Davis

        So you’re saying to “do him right”, they should have just let him sit the whole game because the reason he went there was taken out? He didn’t deserve to play as a receiver if that’s what you’re insinuating. He didn’t make it as a receiver.

        • squentez

          I agree they didn’t bring him in as a receiver but then why invite him to the pro bowl if they eliminated what got him there?

          • Spencer Davis

            Don’t get me wrong, I love Cordarelle. I just don’t support his statements here. The pro-bowl is a glorified awards ceremony. I just think he should be happy he was selected and keep comments like these to himself. Let’s both hope he’s there next year as a receiver so he has nothing to complain about, right?

          • Dylan Throldahl

            I’m not sure you really understand what he is saying. He’s not complaining about not being a receiver hes not saying that he doesn’t feel honored to be there. What he said was that they toke away what he proved last year to be the best at. And instead they basically replaced it with being a Gunner. To help his case, returning a Kickoff and returning a punt is really two different styles and plays. He didnt punt return either. So to cap it off, I do wish that he would maybe phrase things better so others understand what he truly means. But he is entitled to his opinion just like you do so for you to tell him to shut his mouth is rude yourself. Also if you haven’t noticed he is one of those people you never NOT see smiling and having a good time so he has a good attitude.

    • kris

      U want a nice warm glass of shut the he’ll up Spencer davis… hmm no well than go to sleep

      • Spencer Davis

        I’ll take a tall glass of “shut the HE’LL” up, right after you go to grammar school.

        • kris

          O I’m sorry ill let mrs Davis know she needs to do less sucking and more teaching I guess.

          • Spencer Davis

            She told me it’s no problem. She has more of a mouthful when she puts the tic-tac in afterwards.

          • Darrel Lovelace

            U insulted your own mom you idiot. Lol.

          • Spencer Davis

            Darrel, I’m so jealous of your intellect.

    • Darrel Lovelace

      Spencer davis is a retard. Cordarrell is complaining about being misused on special teams. His issue is he didnt get to play the position he was selected to play. Its their fault. Why would you select a kick returner in a game with no kick returns. He didnt return punts for the vikings last year and he was not a gunner. This was not about getting offensive snaps.. its about doing what you were selected to do. Now if got injured being a gunner you would complain that he should not have been playing gunner when he was selected to return kicks. Read the article before u comment.

      • Spencer Davis

        I’m very well capable of reading and interpreting simple thought. I’m saying he shouldn’t be complaining. He was elected because kick returning is a part of the game in the regular season, WHEN THINGS ACTUALLY MATTER. The pro-bowl is just a show for the fans, so eliminating kickoffs (where a high percentage of injuries occur) is just for the players’ safety. They didn’t make the rule to simply oust Patterson from the game. It’s for the safety of all players. Stop acting like they changed the rule to screw him over, you all sound like morons. It’s pretty sad, and embarrassing. It’s quite a simple matter, when you are called upon, you do your duty. And you don’t complain, especially if you’re a rookie who hasn’t been accomplished yet. Stop your baby-aching, and grow up.

    • Tim Blesi

      “Taylor, Imma let you finish…”

  • David Crosby

    I agree. It’s like taking a QB and making him play running back he’d be like whaaaaat?

  • wdnemesis

    Well I like the way Cordarelle Patterson’s career has already taken off like a rocket. I bet he will return to the Pro Bowl hopefully he will remain healthy. He is lucky to be a part of turners offense and bet he will become even more of a star this year. We got the weapons but no one to utilize them fully besides Cassel currently. We need a good QB definatly but who? And what round?

    • Dylan Throldahl

      Disagree if you wish, but i think Mettenbeger is best bet for on multiple levels. 1.) his style of play fits what we need, we dont need a what you call playmaker in a way he does with legs and athleticism. We need a strong talents smart QB leader. 2.) Where he will be picked to what i price his potential to be. 3.) Is Turner has had tons of luck with players of his Skills set; Strong Armed, fairly accurate, but slower. 4.) Zimmerman does well with players who have something to prove and may have some off field issues. 5.) he will have time to learn; the NFL QB way, time for his ACL to heal more while sitting behind Cassel for at least a portion of the year until proven ready to start….. I also like Carr but only both of these QBs with our 2nd round pick.