THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING RILEY PATTERSON
Riley Patterson is a kicker for the Detroit Lions. He was undrafted out of Memphis in 2021, but worked out with the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots before the Lions picked him up in November 2021, and he appeared in seven games that season. The Lions released him right before the 2022 regular season, but he was claimed the next day by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Last season, Patterson helped the Jaguars win the AFC South by hitting 30 of 35 field goals (he was 2-of-3 from 50 yards and beyond) and 36 of 37 extra points for a total of 126 points. Perhaps most memorably, in an AFC wild-card matchup against the Chargers, Patterson hit the game-winning 36-yard field goal as time expired to give Jacksonville a 31-30 victory.
In May, Patterson was traded from Jacksonville back to Detroit.
Today on the podcast, we talk to him about the transition from being released to kicking in the playoffs fewer than five months later, focusing on God in the midst of a pressure-filled moment, using his platform to point others to Christ, and finding his identity in Jesus, not his performance.
"Football is not the biggest thing in my life. It may seem like that from your friends and from your family, but there is a much greater purpose that I have in my life than just being a kicker.” — @MemphisFB kicker Riley Pattersonhttps://t.co/C1qIY2pHL8
— Sports Spectrum (@Sports_Spectrum) November 29, 2020