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Patrick Peterson says Pro Bowl selection as CB 'is 10 times better'

The second-year pro joins Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman as the NFC's cornerbacks in the Pro Bowl.

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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson was named to his second straight Pro Bowl on Wednesday, and this time around, the second-year pro is more satisfied with the honor, according to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com.

Peterson made the NFC squad as a kick returner as a rookie last season, but making it as a cornerback -- and being voted in by coaches and players -- is far more special to the former LSU Tiger.

"Last year was a huge accomplishment, but this one is 10 times better," Peterson said. "I wanted to set myself up to be a great cornerback. Being a good punt returner is huge but I want to be known as a great defensive back."

Peterson is the Cardinals lone representative in this year's Pro Bowl. although wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and linebacker Daryl Washington were named as alternates.

The 22-year-old has emerged as an elite cornerback in 2012, with seven interceptions, 15 passes defensed, 57 tackles and one fumble recovery. He has been assigned the opposition's top receiver each week and anchored a Cardinals secondary that is ranked third in the NFL in pass defense.