Cedric Peerman

Cedric Peerman

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Peerman in 2015
No. 30Cincinnati Bengals
Position: Running back / Special teamer
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-10-10) October 10, 1986
Place of birth: Lynchburg, Virginia
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Naruna (VA) William Campbell
College: Virginia
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 185
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2015
Games Played: 86
Rushing yards: 334
Rushing average: 5.2
Rushing TDs: 1
Receptions: 13
Receiving yards: 123
Player stats at NFL.com

Cedric Edwin Peerman (born October 10, 1986 in Lynchburg, Virginia) is an American football running back and special teamer 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 and has also played for the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. He played college football at Virginia.

Early years

Peerman was born in Lynchburg, Virginia to parents Stanley and Melissa Peerman.[1] Peerman grew up working on his family's tobacco farm in Gladys, Virginia.[2] 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.[3]

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.

College career

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.[3] 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.[4]

Professional career

2009 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
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.[5]

2009 NFL Draft

NFL Draft Scout had rated him 14th out of 176 prospective running backs for the 2009 NFL Draft.[6]

Baltimore Ravens

Peerman was selected in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He was waived during final cuts on September 5.

Cleveland Browns

Peerman was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns on September 6, 2009.[7] After being inactive for the first two games of the season, Peerman was waived on September 26 when the team signed placekicker Billy Cundiff.[8] The Browns re-signed Peerman to their practice squad on September 29. He was released on October 28.

Detroit Lions

Peerman was signed to the Detroit Lions practice squad on October 30. He was promoted to the active roster on December 15 after running back Kevin Smith was placed on injured reserve.

He was waived on April 26, 2010.

Cincinnati Bengals

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. He served as a Team Captain for special teams in the 2014-2015 season.[9]

On September 4, 2016, Peerman was placed on injured reserve with an elbow injury.[10] He was activated off injured reserve on November 26, 2016.[11]


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.[2] Peerman graduated in May 2008 with a degree in sociology and took graduate courses during his fifth year at Virginia.[1] During the 2012 offseason, Peerman served as a pastoral intern for Dr. Keith Goad at Jefferson Park Baptist Church in Charlottesville, VA.[12]


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