Patrick Peterson on the 2011 NFL Draft: “I definitely want to go”

Following an ESPN report that the NFL Players Association has contacted top draft prospects and requested that they not attend the 2011 NFL Draft, LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson told the National Football Post that he doesn’t want to miss out on his opportunity to walk across the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

“I heard about that,” said Peterson, one of this year’s top prospects. “No one has contacted me to go to New York or not go to New York. I would like to go if possible. That’s what you play football for.

“That’s a big moment to go up there and shake the commissioner’s hand and get that jersey and hat. It means a lot. I definitely want to go and no one has told me not to go. So, we’ll see what happens.”

The NFL will not alter its plans this year, according to spokesman Greg Aiello.

“We plan to invite the 15-20 top prospects and their families to New York as we normally do for this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Aiello said. “And, as always, it is the decision of the players and their families as to whether they attend.”

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