Patrick Peterson's perspective on children has changed since his daughter was born

Posted at 1:39 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 16:39:05-04

If you've already made it through the Arizona Cardinals' "All or Nothing" Amazon documentary, you're familiar with the story of Patrick Peterson and his wife, who welcomed their daughter Paityn into the world on Thanksgiving night.

Later in the series, Peterson holds Paityn after changing her diaper, and they have an extremely cute daddy-daughter moment as they gaze into each other's eyes. It easily made our list of the series' five most emotional moments.

There's no doubt Paityn has his dad wrapped around her tiny finger -- which is why the numerous youth events Peterson hosts, such as Monday's Hyundai Youth Football Camp in Glendale, are even more significant to the Cardinals' five-time Pro Bowler than they used to be.

"It is different," Peterson told ABC15's Craig Fouhy about his perspective on interacting with kids. "I'm not saying I didn't get joy out of doing this previously. But now, seeing the smiles on the kids' faces, it just means a little bit more to me now, with me having a little one now."

Peterson has made a positive difference in the lives of AZ kids since he joined the Cardinals. He created the charity, Patrick Peterson's Foundation for Success, which hosts a number of youth events each year. Last December, he and several of his teammates took underprivileged Valley kids on a Christmas shopping spree.

"It's always a pleasure to come out here and spend some time with these little ones," Peterson said during Monday's camp. "It's always fun to come out here and just show these little ones the ropes, life skills and how to be the best possible."

As for Paityn? She's growing like a weed, and Peterson and his wife are scrambling to ensure the soon-to-be 8-month-old doesn't get into trouble.

"You gotta baby-proof everything," he said. "She has three teeth now and she's starting to stand up, so she's moving along pretty fast."