Former LB Mike Peterson has been named No. 19 on the Jaguars All-25, the club announced today. Jaguars All-25 presented by Sharpie is a collection of the top 25 non-active players in franchise history, as voted on by members of the Jacksonville media. The Jaguars’ silver celebration kicked off in mid-March with the start of the new league year.
“I would like to thank everyone for including me in the All-25,” Peterson said. “It was an honor playing for the Jaguars, living in the city and playing in front of Jaguars fans. You guys are the best. Go Jaguars and DUUUVAL!”
Peterson, 6-1, 233, was originally a second-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL Draft. He joined the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in 2003 and made an immediate impact, starting all 16 games and leading the team with three INTs. In 2005, Peterson led the team in total tackles (132) and was named a second-team All-Pro selection. Peterson’s 837 career tackles during his six seasons in Jacksonville still rank fourth all-time in franchise history.
“He was one of my all-time favorite players,” said Vic Ketchman former Jaguars Insider and member of the Jaguars All-25 voting panel. “He was a pro’s pro. He was a sportswriter’s, a beat man’s, dream.”
Peterson played linebacker for the University of Florida and was a member of the 1996 national championship team. After retiring following a 14-year NFL playing career, Peterson returned to his alma mater to begin his collegiate coaching career. He is currently in his third season with the University of South Carolina where he serves as the outside linebackers coach. Peterson and his wife, Chantal, have two sons, Mike Jr. and Gavin. They established the Mike Peterson Foundation in 2004 to support and benefit under-served youth and socio-economically challenged families in Peterson’s hometown of Alachua, Fla. and his NFL cities of Jacksonville and Atlanta.
19. LB Mike Peterson (2003-08)
20. CB Aaron Beasley (1996-2001)
21. K Josh Scobee (2004-14)
22. DT Gary Walker (1999-2001)
23. QB David Garrard (2002-10)
24. DE Joel Smeenge (1995-2000)
25. G Chris Naeole (2002-07)