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Cedric Edwin Peerman (born October 10, 1986) is a former American football running back and special teamer. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has also played for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, and Cincinnati Bengals. He played college football at Virginia. He is currently a minister.

Cedric Peerman
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Peerman with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015
Free agent
Position:Running back / Special teamer
Personal information
Born: (1986-10-10) October 10, 1986 (age 33)
Lynchburg, Virginia
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Naruna (VA) William Campbell
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Rushing yards:349
Rushing average:5.0
Rushing touchdowns:1
Receiving yards:123
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Peerman was born in Lynchburg, Virginia to parents Stanley and Melissa Peerman.[1] Peerman grew up working on his family's tobacco farm in Gladys, Virginia.[2] He attended William Campbell High School in Naruna, Virginia. There, he was a four-year starter and played on both offense and defense. He set the Virginia state record for career scoring with 708 points. In his sophomore year, he was moved from wide receiver to running back and rushed for more than 1,000 yards. As a junior, he rushed for 2,048 yards and 43 touchdowns, and caught 22 passes for 367 yards and seven touchdowns. As a senior, he attempted 222 rushes for 2,016 yards and 43 touchdowns. He was twice named first-team all-state and, as a senior, was named the Virginia state player of the year. Peerman was also named a PrepStar All-American.[3]

Peerman was also a standout sprinter and long jumper for the high school track team. He was state champion in the 100 meters as a junior and senior. He also placed fourth in the long jump and triple jump, and eighth in the shot put to lead his school to state championship as a senior.

College careerEdit

Peerman attended the University of Virginia where he majored in sociology. He sat out the 2004 season as a redshirt. In 2005, he saw action in every game with a start against Syracuse. He recorded 237 rushing yards, ranking sixth among Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) freshmen. He also averaged 25.8 yards per kickoff return, tying for second in the ACC. Peerman was Virginia's all-purpose yardage leader with 793 yards. In 2006, he saw action in all 12 games, including a start against Wyoming. He again led the team in kick returns with 519 yards (27.3 yards per return). Peerman attempted 46 carries for a gain of 153 yards. In 2007, Peerman suffered a season-ending foot injury early in the team's sixth game. Nevertheless, he was Virginia's leading rusher with 585 yards.[3] In 2008, Peerman saw action in 11 games. He was Virginia's leading rusher and leading scorer, with 153 carries for 774 yards and seven touchdowns. He ranked third in receiving, with 44 receptions for 193 yards. Peerman also returned five kicks for 108 yards.[4]

Professional careerEdit

2009 NFL CombineEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
216 lb
(98 kg)
4.34 s 1.40 s 2.54 s 4.29 s 6.99 s 40 in
(1.02 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
27 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[5]

2009 NFL DraftEdit

NFL Draft Scout had rated him 14th out of 176 prospective running backs for the 2009 NFL Draft.[6]

Baltimore RavensEdit

Peerman was selected in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He was waived during final cuts on September 5.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Peerman was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns on September 6, 2009.[7] After being inactive for the first two games of the season, Peerman was waived on September 26 when the team signed placekicker Billy Cundiff.[8] The Browns re-signed Peerman to their practice squad on September 29. He was released on October 28.

Detroit LionsEdit

Peerman was signed to the Detroit Lions practice squad on October 30. He was promoted to the active roster on December 15 after running back Kevin Smith was placed on injured reserve.

He was waived on April 26, 2010.

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Peerman was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals on April 27, 2010. For two seasons, Peerman served as a backup, rushing a total of only five times. During the 2012 season he had two long runs off fake punts and he also carried the ball 34 times for 178 yards.

On March 7, 2013, the Bengals re-signed Peerman on a two-year deal. He served as the special teams captain for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.[9] Peerman was named to his first Pro Bowl for the 2015 season as a special teams player.[10]

On September 4, 2016, Peerman was placed on injured reserve with an elbow injury.[11] He was activated off injured reserve on November 26, 2016.[12]

On March 23, 2017, Peerman re-signed with the Bengals.[13] He was placed on injured reserve on August 29, 2017 after suffering a shoulder injury.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

Peerman is an Associate Minister at the Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, under the leadership of Dr. Alvin Edwards, Pastor. Peerman was licensed to preach in the summer of 2008 at Hills Creek Baptist Church in Gladys, Virginia.[2]

Peerman graduated in May 2008 with a degree in sociology and took graduate courses during his fifth year at Virginia.[1] During the 2012 offseason, Peerman served as a pastoral intern for Dr. Keith Goad at Jefferson Park Baptist Church in Charlottesville, VA. He is married to Hagar Elgendy and they have three children, including twins.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 16, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b,0,5724678.story
  3. ^ a b Cedric Peerman Biography Archived February 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, University of Virginia Cavaliers Official Athletic Site, retrieved January 22, 2009.
  4. ^ 2008 Cumulative Season Statistics Archived January 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, University of Virginia Cavaliers Official Web Site, retrieved January 22, 2009.
  5. ^ "Adrian Peterson-Oklahoma RB-2007 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  6. ^ Cedric Peerman - Virginia, RB, NFL Draft Scout, retrieved January 22, 2009.
  7. ^ Adam Schefter [@AdamSchefter] (September 6, 2009). "Browns claimed former Ravens 6th-rd pick Cedric Peerman and former Rams tackle Phil Trautwein on waivers. Will need to cut two players..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 28, 2009. Retrieved September 27, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Peerman and Jones Named to Pro Bowl". January 26, 2016. Archived from the original on March 19, 2017. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "Bengals' Cedric Peerman: Placed on IR".
  12. ^ Marcum, Jason (November 26, 2016). "Bengals activate Cedric Peerman, sign Tyler Ott; Derron Smith ruled out vs Ravens".
  13. ^ Hobson, Geoff (March 23, 2017). "Peerman gives kicking game familiar lift". Archived from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  14. ^ Alper, Josh (August 29, 2017). "Bengals place Cedric Peerman on injured reserve".
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