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Cordarrelle Patterson explains pregame ritual of playing catch with fans in stands

Ryan Hannable
December 02, 2018 - 2:15 pm

FOXBORO -- Watching Cordarrelle Patterson for 11 weeks, he has a pregame ritual similar to some other players in the NFL -- playing catch with fans in the stands.

“In case something happens and they need me to go in there [and throw the ball>,” Patterson joked Friday. “Just letting them know I’m ready."

On a more serious note, Patterson explained why he does it, which is a way to give back to the fans and it goes back to his time in Minnesota.

“I’ve been doing that since Minnesota. I’ve been doing it for six years now," he said. "The fans, they’re so important. They spend all their money, their hard-working money. They come out each and every Sunday or Thursdays or Mondays, and you just have to give back, man and let them know I’m watching y’all and I thank them for coming out each and every week. They don’t get as much recognition as they should, because they’re here every week, but I appreciate those guys. So, that’s why I take the time out of my schedule to go throw the ball with them.”

Here's a video from last Sunday in New Jersey.

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