Leonard Peters

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Leonard Peters
Date of birth (1981-12-26) December 26, 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth American Samoa Fagaalu, American Samoa
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Comps
2009-Present United States USA 7s IRB Sevens

Leonard Peters (born December 26, 1981 in Fagaalu, American Samoa) is an American football safety and a rugby player. He was originally signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and was on the Chicago Bears practice squad. He played collegiately at Hawaii. Peters performed as a Polynesian dancer in his native Hawai'i, which includes twirling flaming knives.[1] He has also represented the USA Tomahawks in rugby league.[2]

American Football Career[edit]


Peters played in 50 games for the University of Hawai'i at safety, making 290 tackles, defending 20 passes, recording 7 interceptions and two sacks.


Peters was signed to the Chicago Bears practice squad on October 3, 2007.[3] He was released by the Bears on August 30, 2008.[4]

Move to Rugby union[edit]

Peters has decided to move to rugby union, a sport from which American football is derived. He has been selected for the US 7's for the 2009 World Games in Taiwan.[5] He showed well enough in the 2009 World Games to have been selected to the USA Squad for the first two legs of the 2009-10 IRB Sevens World Series to compete in Dubai and George, South Africa.[6] He has been able to turn his success at sevens into a selection to the United States National Rugby Union Team for the 2010 Churchill Cup.


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