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

Before every game, you can watch New England Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson playing catch with fans in the crowd.

The videos, which are posted on social media, show Patterson walking around the corner of the end zone in Gillette Stadium and throwing a game ball back and forth with different fans. After each throw, he’ll move over a section as fans throw their hands in the air hoping for a pregame reception.

Patterson said this tradition started when he was in Minnesota and it’s his way of giving back.

“I’ve been doing it for almost six years now. The fans, they’re so important,” Patterson said. “They spend all that money, hardworking money. They come out each and every Sunday or Thursday or Monday or whatever. You’ve just got to give back and let them know, I’m watching you all and 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. That’s why I take the time out my schedule to go throw the ball with them.”

Patterson used to let one fan keep the ball at the end of his throwing session, but got tired of being yelled at from the equipment staff. He also joked that his warm-up is a chance to showcase his throwing ability to the Patriots coaching in the event they need him at the quarterback position since he has already been featured as both a wide receiver and as a running back and looking to add to his resume of talents.