Peerman during training camp with the Ravens in 2009
No. 30 Cincinnati Bengals
|Date of birth:October 10, 1986|
|Place of birth: Lynchburg, Virginia|
|NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185|
|Debuted in 2009 for the Cleveland Browns|
|Roster status: Active|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Cedric Edwin Peerman (born October 10, 1986 in Lynchburg, Virginia) is an American football running back for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia.
Peerman was born in Lynchburg, Virginia to parents Stanley and Melissa Peerman. Peerman grew up working on his family's tobacco farm in Gladys, Virginia. 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.
Track and field
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.
His personal best time in the 100 meters is 10.67 seconds.
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. 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.
2009 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 10 in||216 lb||4.34 s||1.40 s||2.54 s||4.29 s||6.99 s||40 in||9 ft 9 in||27 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine.|
2009 NFL Draft
Peerman was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns on September 6, 2009. After being inactive for the first two games of the season, Peerman was waived on September 26 when the team signed placekicker Billy Cundiff. The Browns re-signed Peerman to their practice squad on September 29. He was released on October 28.
He was waived on April 26, 2010.
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.
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. Peerman graduated in May 2008 with a degree in sociology and took graduate courses during his fifth year at Virginia. During the 2012 offseason, Peerman served as a pastoral intern for Dr. Keith Goad at Jefferson Park Baptist Church in Charlottesville, VA.
- Cedric Peerman Biography, University of Virginia Cavaliers Official Athletic Site, retrieved 22 January 2009.
- 2008 Cumulative Season Statistics, University of Virginia Cavaliers Official Web Site, retrieved 22 January 2009.
- "Adrian Peterson-Oklahoma RB-2007 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
- Cedric Peerman - Virginia, RB, NFL Draft Scout, retrieved 22 January 2009.