Meet Mike

Peterson attended the University of Florida where he helped the team to four consecutive bowl appearances. He was a member of the 1996 Gators team that finished 12–1 and won the national championship by defeating the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles 52–20 in the Sugar Bowl. An AP All SEC 1st Team selection as a senior, Peterson finished his collegiate career with 249 tackles, three forced fumbles, 13 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. Following his senior season in 1998, he was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and a first-team All-American, and was selected as the team’s most valuable player by his Gator teammates.

On April 8, 2011, Peterson was inducted into the 2011 class of the University of Florida Gator Hall of Fame.

Originally selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round (36th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft, Peterson has played against all 32 NFL teams throughout his career, something not many NFL veterans can claim. As weakside linebacker, Peterson played in all 16 games his first season with 13 starts and ranked second on the team with 110 tackles (68 solo). Peterson added three sacks, one pass defended, one fumble recovery and 15 special teams stops on his way to being named to the Pro Football Writers of America, Pro Football Weekly, Football News and Football Digest All-Rookie team.

On March 13, 2003, Peterson was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent, where he started at middle linebacker for the first time in his career. Peterson finished his six-season career with the Jaguars ranked second in team history with 837 tackles.

As a free agent, Peterson signed with the Atlanta Falcons on March 10, 2009. That first season as a Falcon, Peterson started all 16 games at linebacker and ranked second on the team with 140 tackles. Also contributed with one sack, one interception, two forced fumbles and five passes defensed. In 2010, Peterson led a Falcons defense that finished the season 13-3 marking the team’s second highest win total in franchise history. Additionally, the Falcons won their first NFC South title since 2004, the fourth in team history, and clinched the top seed in the 2010 NFC Playoffs. In 2011, Peterson’s presence was felt on the field and most notably in the locker room. The Falcons finished the season 10-6, second in the NFC South. The Falcons have now recorded four consecutive winning seasons. Most recently, Peterson played in all 16 games of the 2012-2013 season, with the Falcons posting a divison best 13-3 record, earning them homefield advantage throughout the playoffs and coming up just short of a trip to Super Bowl XLVII.

Off the Field:
Peterson’s work in the community earned him the Jaguars/Morgan Stanley Community Leader of the Month Award which led to his also being named Community Leader of the Year. He also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his community involvement in Jacksonville and Alachua, FL. Through his Mike Peterson Foundation, established in 2004 to give back to the community, Peterson currently operates programs for underprivileged youth in both his NFL city of Atlanta, GA and his hometown of Alachua, FL.

Peterson currently resides in Gainesville, Florida with his wife, Chantal and their two young sons, Michael and Gavin. He has returned to his Alma Mater as a Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Florida Gators. 

Click here to see the lastet News & Events of Mike’s efforts off the field through his Mike Peterson Foundation.