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CB Patrick Peterson looks forward to matching up with Beckham Jr.

Posted Jan 22, 2015

Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson says he is looking forward to facing WR Odell Beckham Jr. at the Pro Bowl

Somewhere in the skies between Seattle and Arizona, Patrick Peterson caught “The Catch” on an airplane TV.

The Cardinals cornerback was flying back from a Week 12 road game against the Seahawks when Odell Beckham Jr. made a play for the ages in a prime-time bout with the Cowboys, launching the rookie’s status as high as Peterson’s elevation at the time.

From one LSU product to another -- and now Pro Bowl selection to another -- Peterson always tunes into Beckham.

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“It’s a pleasure to watch him work, it really is,” Peterson said Wednesday night after the 2015 Pro Bowl Draft at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. “Not only in the NFL, but when he was at LSU, I’m always watching LSU football. So to see the growth, the strides he has taken throughout his young college career and now to his young NFL career, it’s definitely an honor to be part of.”

Now they will go head-to-head on Sunday.

Beckham was the first rookie taken by alumni captain Michael Irvin and will face Peterson and Cris Carter’s team in the 2015 Pro Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Beckham and Peterson talked backstage at the draft show.

“Actually Odell was just asking me, ‘Are you going to go hard in the game?’” said Peterson, who made his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl since being drafted out of LSU in 2011. “I said, well, I won’t tell you exactly what I said. But I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going hard in the game.’ Because he was like, ‘I hope we get drafted [together] because I don’t want to go against you.’ But going against Odell is going to be my first time actually because when I was leaving he was coming in.”

The two would have squared off professionally in Week 2 this season during the Cardinals’ trip to MetLife Stadium, but Beckham missed the first four games of the season for the Giants due to a hamstring issue.

“He was a guy that I’ve always, always wanted to play against or play with, or whatever the case may be,” Beckham said of Peterson. “But we do get to match up against each other. I told him just to stay on the other side and do his thing, and I’ll be over here. And maybe I’ll see him a little later in the game.”