Patrick Peterson (USATSI)
Patrick Peterson is donating $1 million to LSU. (USATSI)

Patrick Peterson starred at LSU from 2008-2010 before being the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and becoming an All-Pro cornerback for the Cardinals. 

On Saturday, LSU announced that Peterson had pledged a $1 million donation to the football program to be used for renovations on the LSU Football Operations Center. The donation is $500,000 in cash with $500,000 more in planned giving. 

“I want to set an example and challenge other former players to give back to our great University,” Peterson said in the release. “LSU is a wonderful place that helped me develop into the person that I am today. I hope that my donation will encourage and inspire other former student-athletes to give back.”

Peterson's donation is one of the largest from a former LSU athlete, and for his donation the new weight room will be named the "Peterson-Roberts Weight Room." Dave Roberts, a local businessman, also pledged $1 million in donations as part of the "Peterson Promise," which is the name of the fund established by the Peterson family.

“We are very proud and appreciative of Patrick and his family for this amazing gift,” LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva said in the release. “Patrick is a great ambassador for LSU and a serves as a tremendous role model for our players.

“We watch him on Sunday's in the NFL with great pride knowing that he's part of the LSU family. This gift demonstrates Patrick's commitment to his school and the passion that he has for LSU. We are very fortunate to have Patrick Peterson on our team.”

Peterson was an All-American in 2010 with the Tigers and won the Bednarik and Thorpe awards in 2010 before declaring for the NFL Draft as a junior.