Peters had never suffered a major injury in his career, so when he tore his ACL in a practice a few days before the Ravens’ regular-season opener against the Las Vegas Raiders last year, it presented mental challenges in addition to physical ones.
Peters, though, feels like he’s moved beyond those tough days. In a phone interview with The Athletic late last week, Peters gave a positive report about his surgically repaired knee and spoke excitedly about his offseason, which recently included a foray into team ownership.
“Spirits are high,” Peters said. “I’m in the right place, going in the right direction with my leg. Yeah, man, I’m making good progress. I’m feeling good.”
Last week, the 29-year-old three-time Pro Bowl selection was announced as a co-owner of the Beasts, a team in the Fan Controlled Football league (FCF). In its second season, the league is focused on the concept of fan ownership as fans have the opportunity to call plays on the field via an app and affect key decisions involving the roster. Johnny Manziel and Terrell Owens are among the former NFL players participating in the league.
Peters joins an ownership group that includes Marshawn Lynch, the former NFL running back. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland, Calif., natives, aren’t blood relatives, but they consider themselves cousins because of how close they’ve been since they were young.
In a Q&A with The Athletic, Peters talked extensively about the ownership opportunity in the FCF. He also spoke about the difficulties of last season, his excitement for this one and his future in Baltimore.
Let’s start with today’s announcement about you getting involved as a team owner. How excited are you about this opportunity?
I’m actually excited as hell to be involved in something like this. I’m a huge fan of the game. I love…