Friday, October 1, 2010

Legends of the Fall, Chapter 8

Ringgold High School's Anthony Peterson was a dominating presence at running back for then-head coach Joe Ravasio's Rams in the late 1980s, a time when Ringgold produced athletes like Ramont Small, Jamont Kinds and Greg Lomax. He also holds the distinction of being the last Washington County player to appear in a NFL game.

Peterson landed at Notre Dame, where he was a linebacker for ESPN personality Lou Holtz from 1990-93 and during an era when the Irish plucked as many top talents from Western Pennsylvania as Pitt and Penn State did.

A fifth-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1994, Peterson hung around the NFL until 2000, when he played with Washington. Peterson had two stints with the 49ers (1994-96 and 1998-99) and also played for the Chicago Bears in 1997. He won a Super Bowl with the 49ers in 1995.

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