Vikings’ Cordarrelle Patterson visits first grader’s class after Twitter invite (pics)
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had a breakout rookie season with the club, initially dominating on kickoff returns before showing some true gamebreaker potential at the wideout position.
Heading into his second season and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner running the show, Patterson figures to be an even more dangerous player between an added offseason of training and experience, not to mention his presumed utilization in Turner’s creative system.
As the Vikings engage in OTAs and other assorted offseason activities, Patterson is doing his part to become a bigger part of the Twin Cities community at-large, and he one way he did so was by accommodating a Twitter request from a young fan.
Last month, Nevaeh Torma, a first-grade student at Rice Lake Elementary in the Twin Cities suburb of Maple Grove, wrote a letter to Patterson that contained an invite asking the wide receiver to pay a visit to her class.
Torma’s teach, Drew Gernand, tweeted a photo of the letter to Patterson’s attention, including photos of the little girl working on the correspondence.
@ceeflashpee84 a letter to you from one of my first graders #RLRoadrunners pic.twitter.com/y9jho5L9a9
— Drew Gernand (@DrewGernand) April 11, 2014
On Tuesday, Torma’s efforts paid off, as Patterson showed up for an extra-special, end-of-the-year visit. The wideout signed autographs, took some photos and answered questions from students. He then ate lunch with Navaeh and played a little football with the kids outside in the rain.
Big thanks to Nevaeh and Rice Lake Elementary for inviting me out today! Had a blast! #RLRoadrunners pic.twitter.com/tGJhc886Om
— cordarrelle (@ceeflashpee84) May 27, 2014
Patterson discussed his impromptu visit afterward.
“Just working hard and having fun with what I do helped me achieve my goals and dreams. I always smile and try to make the most of every day,” Patterson told the Star Tribune. “If I can help these students smile and enjoy their day, we all win and we all get better. It’s a blessing to be able to make these kids light up and enjoy their time.”
Awesome. A big win for all parties involved. Patterson looks good by ingratiating himself into the community while appearing to have had a good time and the kids got to meet a big time Vikings player. Nice.