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Hard work is paying off for Corey Peters


In his second year in a Atlanta Falcons uniform Corey Peters is taking the next step in his NFL career. Peters, a third round pick out of Kentucky, is finding a home on Atlanta’s defensive line. So far this year he’s recorded three sacks, an INT, and a touchdown for an Atlanta team that looks like it is headed for the playoffs. In this Atlanta Journal-Constitution article he attributes his success to his hard-working father’s drive that was ultimately instilled him:

“To me, I’m able to see the big picture of things and understand that football is just something I do, something God blessed me to do,” he said.

“I went to school to be a teacher. They were my heroes. Somebody talented at math is no different than somebody who’s talented at football. My position is glorified a lot more, but in reality we’re the same.

“I try to stay grounded. This is what I do, but it’s not a big deal to me. Sometimes, when people ask for autographs, I get it, but I don’t get it.”

His mother is a chief nursing officer at a West Virginia hospital. His father is a USDA liaison officer at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. Such parents do not raise a son to believe that football is a be-all, end-all proposition.

Clifton Peters was one of 14 children. He put himself through college at Alcorn State working at the school’s pig farm. “And I sent money home,” he said.

One quote from Corey suggests his father made a strong impression: “A man who doesn’t work, doesn’t eat – that’s what I was always taught.”

The article also mentions a documentary called “Late Rounders” that Peters’ stars in:

Like his agent says, guys like Peters are a much easier sell to football general managers and coaches than they are to fans.

He is, in other words, just the type to show up in “Late Rounders,” a modest independent film in which nothing blows up, there are no special effects, and not a single Kardashian is involved.

The documentary follows a group of five players getting ready for the 2010 NFL draft. It made the film festival circuit this year to nice reviews, but nobody was going to get rich or famous off it.

Peters is the solid, dependable, slightly under-appreciated one, the one who looks into the camera and declares: “I will never give [a team] a reason to get rid of me other than that I’m too old – and that I can live with.”

Peters and other former UK players are making it easy for NFL General managers and scouts to choose Wildcats in the draft. Production and hard-work are the qualities teams are looking for and Peters exemplifies them.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

17 Comments for Hard work is paying off for Corey Peters

  1. GoCats2
    7:08 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Matt cant wait to see you on the tube tomorrow nite.

  2. Score The Ball
    7:12 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Corey Peters, along with Randall Cobb should be the faces of Kentucky football. We could not have a better representative for UK or for the state at large. I hope I get the opportunity to meet him someday and thank him. Tim Tebow is not the only football player who epitomizes hard work, Christian values and genuine humility.

  3. 38 points, 15 Rebounds, 12 assists
    7:24 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    ………….AND 12 BLOCKS

  4. dave
    7:31 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    liggins hasnt played yet in entire 1st half of scrimmage vs heat

  5. Reality
    7:59 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Peters isn’t worthy to carry Tim Tebow’s jock.

  6. GoCats2
    8:06 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    I wish Matt was all mine!

  7. Tomas
    8:08 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    I played against Peters in high school when he was at Central and I was at Shelby County. He was a class act.

  8. allCATSeverything
    8:09 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    NO.2 nailed it #GoCats #GoFalcons

  9. Lamb'sfloater
    8:13 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Another UK site (premium) is reporting Jones is out 3 to 5 weeks.

  10. ZackRyder
    8:18 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    I’m the new United States Champion. Woo Woo Woo!!! And you know it!!!!

  11. NuclearLatney
    8:31 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Not to mention Corey Peters ended the game in Detroit single-handedly. On Stafford’s final drive, a fourth down play that was initially called pass interference, 15yds and a Lions first down in Falcons territory, was overturned on replay when they noticed CP91 had just managed to get a hand on the pass. Tipped ball = no contact foul and the Atlanta offense came out to kneel-down. That was a clutch performance and Peters has been one to watch this year while a lot of defense has been absent all over the league.

  12. CliffFrankLou
    8:35 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Jones will be fine in 2-3 weeks. How effective he will be on 12/31 is anyone’s guess.
    Very glad we had a class young man like Peters. Hope we get more with such ability and attitude.

  13. Yuck
    8:48 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    9) If that is true, we have almost no depth.

  14. mashburnfan1
    9:04 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Jones has been out since the UNC game anyways

  15. Hardline Charlie
    10:23 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Excellent point #14. if he had the heart of a champion he wouldn’t be so worried about his draft stock now that the NBA Lockout is over.

  16. Wildcat Kyle
    11:53 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Mr Schwump says the Falcons need to work on # point defense

  17. Wildcat Kyle
    11:54 pm December 18, 2011 Permalink

    Mr Schwump says the Falcons need to work on 3 point defense. Got it that time