2012 January 4
Chris Paterson awarded MBEChris Paterson awarded MBE
Scottish rugby legend Chris Paterson has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year's honours list, scotsman.co.uk reports.
Paterson recently called time on his international career, retiring as Scotland's most capped player and also its greatest points scorer, racking up 809 points in 109 matches over twelve years.
Now, Paterson has had to swap the rugby jersey for designer menswear, as his first big appointment since announcing his retirement being one with the Queen.
The 33 year old has been commended on his work for Scottish rugby and on the game as a whole. He picked up his award alongside fellow rugby player Martyn Williams, the Welsh flanker who racked up 99 caps in the red shirt, who was also awarded an MBE.
Speaking to BBC News of the award, Paterson enthused: "To be recognised by people outside your profession is humbling and I just hope I have deserved it.
"You don't play rugby to pick up awards like this, you do it for enjoyment first and foremost. To be even nominated for this honour is something I would never have imagined. I've only ever focused on playing well and doing the supporters, myself and my family proud. To be recognised in this way for doing something you love to do is a wee bit strange but to be honest it'll be a nice reminder of what I've achieved in both club and international rugby."
Whilst Paterson has called time on his international career, he will remain playing for Edinburgh, where he is under contract until the end of the season.