Dimitri Patterson’s interest in football began when he was just eight years old. After getting the chance to play in the Little League, he knew it was an instant passion– and this inspired his eventual path to the NFL. Dimitri played football in high school in Orlando, Florida, where he earned All-State, All-Central Florida, All-Metro, All-Region, All-County honors, and was a Prepstar All American as a defensive back.
Dimitri was highly recruited out of high school, and even though he suffered a torn ACL during recruiting that derailed the process, he was able to overcome it. He played football at Southeast Missouri State where he started every game as a true freshman. As a sophomore he earned second-team ALL-OVC honors in 2002 and then first-team ALL- OVC in 2003 as a Junior. In addition Dimitri also earned second-team All-America honors as a junior.
Dimitri then transferred to Tuskegee University, where he majored in Manufacturing Engineering and minored in Business Administration. While playing football at Tuskegee he earned first-team All-SIAC honors. In 2004 his team won ten games and played in the Pioneer Bowl.
Despite not attending the NFL combine, being drafted or signed following the NFL draft as an undrafted free agent. Dimitri was still able to open eyes at a rookie tryout for the Washington Redskins in 2005. It was a two-day process that went extremely well, even though he left without a contract. Dimitri returned to school to finish his degree. While sitting in class he received a phone call from his agent notifying him that he had an offer to join the Washington Redskins’ practice squad in August 2005. Sensing the opportunity of a lifetime, Dimitri signed with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent. This method is by far the most difficult path to the NFL and Dimitri proved himself as a worthy athlete who was ready to take on bigger challenges.
During the first five years of his career Dimitri conquered every obstacle the NFL and its brutal business model threw at him. He signed with various teams. Was even out of the NFL a full season in 2006. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cleveland Browns, the Miami Dolphins and ultimately the New York Jets. His consistency as a standout performer on special teams was undeniable on game tape. Earning him pro bowl votes as a special teamer, but he considers the turning point of his career to be in 2010.
As a member of the Philadelphia Eagles he received the first opportunity of his career to start vs Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. He performed well in man coverage all game. His coverage garnered compliments from Manning after the game. Following the Colts game matchup Dimitri made his second consecutive start on a Monday Night Football game against the Redskins in 2010, Dimitri had two interceptions and returned one 40 yards for a touchdown. This moment on a national stage essentially catapulted Dimitri from unknown to known. This was in the middle of the season, and Dimitri went on to finish the season as a starter. 2010 was the first time that Dimitri played in all sixteen games.
Dimitri will always cherish the 10 years he played professional football, but he has now turned his professional attention to real estate. He continues to learn more about the industry and get more involved in his local area.