WHO IS SCOTT PETERS?
Scott Peters is a former NFL offensive lineman, entrepreneur, and the Founder of Safe Football, a program that seeks through proprietary technique and training to assists players in avoiding concussions and other serious football-related injuries while at the same time improves performance.
Born in Arcadia, CA, Peters played football in high school and received a full football scholarship to Arizona State where he played offensive line for the Sun Devils for four years. A fourth-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002, Peters ultimately played seven seasons in the NFL.
In 2006, while playing with the Panthers, Peters underwent what was initially touted as a minor surgery for some trouble he was having with his ankle. Much to his surprise, however, Peters awoke from surgery to learn his injury was far more significant than expected, and that he would have to retire from professional football. But Peters rejected the notion and began training in Brazilian jiu jitsu and other Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) disciplines to rebuild strength and mobility in his ankle with the hopes to return to play.
With his growing love of the arts, but lack of a decent facility, Peters was prompted to open his own gym. And so in 2008, he opened The Lion’s Den MMA Academy – Arizona’s largest MMA gym with its youth jiu jitsu program growing to exceed that of the well established Gracie Jiu Jitsu program. During this time, the rehabilitative properties of MMA training did help Peters and his injury, and even enabled him to return to the NFL for two more seasons. But in 2009 he finally decided to retire from the game as a member of the Arizona Cardinals’ NFC Championship Team.
THAT SAME YEAR…
with a solid foundation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques firmly under his belt, Peters began competing and come away with two world championships in submission grappling. His effectiveness on the mat caught the attention of quite a few people, including UFC luminaries Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez, both of whom hired Peters to help train them for upcoming fights. MMA had salvaged Peters’ football career. And Peters was about to use it to salvage the game itself.
The growing concern for football-related Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) had taken a toll on the game. Peters recognized that because CTE could not be treated, the only solution was to drastically reduce or prevent concussions altogether. That’s when he undertook to develop the proprietary, martial arts-based curriculum for eliminating head impact from the game – and so Safe Football was born.
PETERS’ FIRST CLIENT…
was the University of Washington, who hired him in 2012 and 2013 to help train the Huskies in Safe Football techniques. In his time there, the team suffered zero concussions and stingers. Peters has since brought Safe Football to more than 450 high school and youth football programs in order to prevent concussions and CTE in future generations of players. And he has provided Safe Football consulting to more than 50 NFL and NCAA coaches.
Safe Football’s motto is “Save the Brain, Save the Game.” But Peters wants it known that Safe Football in no way means “soft football.” With his program, the integrity and physicality of the game remain fully intact while also protecting players from career-ending and life-compromising injuries.
Peters currently resides in Phoenix, AZ.
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