Cordarrelle Patterson was born March 17, 1991. He attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He transferred to Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, where he played junior college football and was recognized as a NJCAA All-American in 2010 and 2011. Rated as a 5-star prospect by 247Sports.com and the top JUCO player in the country. He received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee, where he played for the Tennessee Volunteers football team in 2012. Primarily a wide receiver, he also excelled as a kick returner, punt return and all-purpose back. He scored at least one touchdown by reception, rush, kick return and punt return, with 10 total touchdowns in 12 games.
The Minnesota Vikings in the 2013 NFL Draft selected Coradarell with the 29th overall pick. On September 15 He made his first NFL career touchdown by returning the opening kickoff for a 105-yard kick return touchdown. He got the honors as NFC Special Teams Player of the month. On October 27 He returned the opening kickoff 109-yards for a touchdown, an NFL record for the longest play ever. He leads the league with a 39.1 average on kick returns. On January 3, 2014, Patterson was named as a starter on the 2013 Associated Press All-Pro team as the Kick Returner.