Originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina, Cordarrelle attended Northwestern High. In his time since then, he’s adopted the nickname “Flash” coined by many fans mainly for his speed and ability to break through tackles — evident in his 104-yard kick return this season.
Cordarrelle Patterson is a versatile athlete, playing wide receiver, running back and return specialist for the Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at Tennessee and was selected 29th overall in the 2013 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. In the 8 years that Patterson has been in the league, he’s had a successful career including a Super Bowl win (Patriots- 2018), three Pro Bowls (2013, 2016, 2019), three first-team All-Pro (2013, 2016, 2019), 3 second-team All-Pro (2015, 2018, 2019), PFWA All-Rookie Team (2013) and NFL 2010s All-Decade team.
When he’s not on the field, Patterson is a big family man and enjoys spending time with his kids and girlfriend. He’s very close with his mother and sister and stays in South Carolina during the offseason to spend time with family. He attributes the women in his life to helping him find success both on and off the field. Patterson’s interests are just as versatile as his skills on the field. He is really into fashion and tequila, and hopes to sell his own tequila one day.
Past coaches have described Patterson as having “a good heart” and “big personality”. He can often be found tossing footballs to fans in the stands during every pregame, cracking jokes with stadium staff, taking selfies with kids and making appearances at team community events.