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Continued: Patterson turning into one of NFL's top offensive rookies

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 13, 2013 - 10:31 AM

It started at the University of Tennessee, when Patterson would sometimes exchange high- or low-fives with the nearest official.

“I like to have a lot of fun,” Patterson said. “If I score a touchdown and the referee is right there, and he needs a little love, I’m going to give him a little love because they don’t get that much love.”

Sometimes, it takes a while before the official obliges.

“On my rushing touchdown against Chicago, I put my hand out and he denied me at first,” Patterson said. “But I wasn’t going nowhere unless he shook my hand. So I kept going back to him until he gave me a handshake.”

Patterson turned to an official again last week after his last-minute 79-yard touchdown reception.

“In Baltimore, I just gave the guy a little friendly hug,” Patterson said. “Then I got out of the way so he didn’t throw a flag on me. Just having fun, man.”

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