Patterson was only a member of the Bears for two years, but he made his mark on the franchise by being named First-Team All-Pro as a kick returner both seasons, plus his excellence as a gunner earned him a Second-Team All-Pro nod as a special teamer in 2019.
His passion and hustle resonated with Bears’ fans, and when permitted he always made time to personally connect with the crowd during pre game warmups. He was a fun follow of Twitter too, as he was seemingly angling for an assistant general manager job with all his recruitment pitches. None ever came to fruition, but Flash was putting in the work.
His “How ‘bout them Bears?” post game celebration will be missed, but the team will need to find someone to fill his multiple roles as well.
He led the league in kick return yards both seasons in Chicago, and he averaged 29.2 yards per kick return with two kicks going back for touchdowns. Among Bears with at least 25 kick returns Patterson’s average only trails Hall Of Famer Gale Sayers’ 30.6.
Patterson also contributed 10 total tackles and a fumble recovery on special teams in his two years, and he compiled 505 yards from scrimmage during his time in Chicago.
While his offensive snap counts stayed nearly identical from 2019 to 2020 (202 plays his first year in Chicago and 201 last year), his usage increased from 28 offensive touches to 85 in 2020.
What are your thoughts on the Patterson’s time in Chicago and him moving on?
I’m going to miss my boys in Chicago.— cordarrelle patterson (@ceeflashpee84) April 14, 2021