Since arriving in Atlanta in 2010 after being drafted in the 3rd round by the Falcons, defensive tackle Corey Peters has gone above and beyond the call of duty. As a star player at Kentucky, Peters had a strong focus in the Lexington community, often visiting children’s hospitals, schools, reading to kids, and talking to high schoolers. Peters says Coach Rich Brooks helped to instill those values in him.
His dedication to helping others was so strong, he was Kentucky’s nominee for the 2009 Wuerffel Trophy; an award for a player who best exemplifies community service with athletic and academic achievement. Sports writers have called the award the Humanitarian Heisman. It’s a big deal.
Peters has carried his values from the Bluegrass to the Peach State, making it a priority to get involved. He has worked with the Atlanta Fire Department, breast cancer survivors, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. However, one of his biggest joys he says is working with the Rally Foundation — a childhood cancer research group.
Listen to Peters on the Wuerffel Trophy podcast where he talks about his younger days, his love for the game, and his passion to help others.