The parallels in the careers of superstar cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Aeneas Williams are adding up the longer Peterson remains with the Arizona Cardinals.
As Williams built the majority of his Hall of Fame career with the Cardinals, his individual accolades — six of his eight Pro Bowl nods, four of his five All-Pro nods — greatly outpaced his team’s success. The Cardinals made the playoffs just once in Williams’ 10 seasons with the squad, and won just one playoff game.
Peterson is entering his eighth season with the Cardinals. In that time he’s been a seven-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro. But the Cardinals have only made the playoffs twice in Peterson’s career, and have won just one playoff game.
Williams had to leave Arizona to get a taste of the team success that was so elusive with the Cardinals. He wrapped up his career with the St. Louis Rams and was able to play in a Super Bowl before retiring and taking his rightful place in Canton, Ohio.
Peterson is under contract with the Cardinals through 2020, but of course we know even NFL superstars can suddenly change teams for a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with how good they are on the field.
Peterson continues to be great — he was voted the 23rd-best player in the league on the NFL Network’s Top 100 ranking for 2018 — but he may have to leave Arizona in order to find the team success that would put a proper cap on what will be a Hall of Fame career.