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'I'm here to stay, baby!': Patrick Peterson apologizes for requesting midseason trade

The Arizona Cardinals cornerback had an important message for fans after teeing off on the infamous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale.

After hitting his tee shot onto the green on the 16th hole Wednesday during the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson grabbed the mic with an important message for fans. 

Peterson even made them turn down the music on the 16th hole so everyone could hear what he was about to say.

So what was so important? The NFL star is staying in Arizona, he said.

"I just wanted to apologize to everybody for asking for that trade in the middle of the season," he said.

Peterson said, in an interview with 12 News sport report Cam Cox, he felt it was the right time to apologize, in front of all the fans at the 16th hole.

"I love these people, that's why I come out and spend the time out of my day to take pictures and sign autographs," Peterson said. "That's why I do it."

Just following that answer, Peterson invited two young fans, Chance and Noah, to walk the last hole with him.

"It was crazy," Chance said, of walking with Peterson.

"We had gotten his signature from him before and we were over by the tee box and saying hi to him, and he told us to come in and walk with him," said Noah.

Noah said he Facetimed his mom afterwards and she cried tears of joy.

In his apology, Peterson was, of course, referencing the reports that came out during the Cardinals disappointing season that he wanted to be dealt away from Arizona by the trade deadline.

The frustration had apparently gotten to him, and he came out later with a statement saying just that. Peterson said he intended to give his all to the team "for the years to come."

He echoed that statement Wednesday at TPC Scottsdale.

 "I'm here to stay, baby!" he said before tossing the mic back to the announcer.

Team 12's Bruce Cooper walked two holes with Peterson during his round Wednesday. 

The Cardinals cornerback said he never gets tired of interacting with fans who also followed him along his round at the Pro-am.

"They make it possible for me to play as hard as I play on Sundays," he said.

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