Patrick Peterson donates $1 million to LSU

One of the largest single contributions to athletics by a former LSU student-athlete.

Former LSU All-American Patrick Peterson made a $1 million donation to his alma mater.

Peterson's gift includes $500,000 gift and another $500,000 in planned giving. It's one of the largest single contributions made by a former student athlete back to the University.

His donation will go toward the renovations being made to the LSU football facility. The new weight room will be named the "Peterson-Roberts Weight Room" in his honor along with local businessman Dave Roberts, who's also made a $1 million donation as part of the Peterson Promise, a fund established by the Peterson family.

“I want to set an example and challenge other former players to give back to our great University,” Peterson said in a press release. “LSU is a wonderful place that helped me develop into the person that I am today. I hope that my donation will encourage and inspire other former student-athletes to give back.”

LSU will honor Peterson on the field during the first quarter of Saturday night's game against McNeese State.

Peterson is one of the most decorated LSU players in school history. He won both the Bednarik and Thorpe awards during his career and became the fifth overall NFL Draft pick back in 2010. He's now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals.

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