At 6’3”, 301 lbs, Corey Peters has slowed down many a running back. 74 career tackles and 4 sacks in his first 3 seasons as an Atlanta Falcon is proof of that.
But, there is one thing that Peters is unable to slow down. He cannot stop his willingness to serve others and give back to his community. So much so that the Falcons named the 2009 Wuerffel Trophy nominee from the University of Kentucky their “Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Nominee” in 2011.
Peters said that his willingness to help others was strongly encouraged at UK. “Coach Rich Brooks really did a good job in providing us opportunities to get out visiting children’s hospitals, going to schools, reading to kids, talking to high schoolers. For me, as an education major, that was something that I was really interested in, said Peters.”
Since arriving in Atlanta, he’s worked with the Atlanta Fire Department, with breast cancer survivors during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. However, his “soft spot” is working with kids.
“One of my big partnerships is with the Rally Foundation which is a childhood cancer research group. Their goal is to raise money to help childhood cancer. Childhood cancer is a completely different thing than adult cancer,” Peters said. “ And I’m still in the schools, I visit a lot of schools.”
As did Kentucky, the Falcons encourage community, too. “Mr. (Arthur) Blank makes it a point to get everybody involved in the community. We have days where everybody in the organization from players, coaches, people from the front office, are all out in the community doing something, building houses, whatever that might be. I think that’s incredibly important this organization just doesn’t talk about it, they put a huge emphasis on getting out and improving the community,” Peters said.
A humble man, Corey isn’t shy about expressing his feelings about the Wuerffel Trophy. He recalls when he was nominated in 2009, when he was following Wildcat legends Antoinne Huffman, Jacob Tamme and Tim Masthay as Wuerffel Trophy Nominees.
“That’s always been one of the things I’ve been most proud of, that and the Walter Payton (Man of the Year) nomination because there are so many great guys out there, and a lot of guys go above and beyond what they’re supposed to do trying to improve their community, and to be recognized in the presence of such great people is a great honor that I’m incredibly proud of,” Peters said
With regard to football, the future looks bright for the NFC South Champs. Off season acquisitions, a strong draft and the opportunity to build on what is already considered a NFC power. “I believe we definitely have the core group of guys to get the job done and we can beat anybody on any given day. It’s just the matter of putting everything together, peaking at the right time and staying healthy and bringing it home this year. I think we’re in a great position to start the season off, hopefully everything will go well, and we can make a run at the Super Bowl,” Peters said.