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|Date of birth:October 6, 1952|
|Place of birth: Los Angeles, California|
|High school: Los Angeles High School|
|NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72|
|Debuted in 1974|
|Last played in 1982|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
Calvin Elston "Cal" Peterson (born October 6, 1952 in Los Angeles, California) is a former professional American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played seven seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Raiders.
Peterson was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1974 NFL Draft, with the intention of converting him to an outside linebacker. As a rookie, his speed allowed him to become a key special teams player.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him from the Cowboys roster in the 1976 NFL Expansion Draft. He was a starter and considered the team's best linebacker, until suffering a sprained knee in the fourth game of the season. He returned in the eighth game to play against the Denver Broncos, but he reinjured his knee and was placed on the injured reserve list. He could never fully recover from his knee injury and was waived the next off-season after failing a physical.
Los Angeles Rams
Kansas City Chiefs
He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs for the 1979 season and went on to start thirteen games in the span of three years. In 1981, he started the season on the reserve non-football injured list after coming to training camp with a virus that limited him, but recovered to play in 11 games. He was waived before the start of the 1982 season.
Los Angeles Raiders