Former NFL wide receiver Peter Warrick is done playing professional football, and has accepted a position coaching wide receivers at Southeast High School in Bradenton, Florida, his alma mater.
“My playing days are over, and this is the next best thing to playing,” Warrick told Alan Dell of Bradenton.com. “I’ve come back here and try to show them the right way. A lot of people have coaches who never played, and it’s different hearing it from somebody who has.”
After catching 207 passes for over 3,500 yards and 32 touchdowns at Florida State, the two-time All-American was chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals with the fourth overall pick of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Warrick caught 253 passes for 2,684 yards and 18 touchdowns, and averaged 9.7 yards per punt return with two touchdowns, during his first four seasons in the NFL, but was never the same after injuring his right knee late in the ’03 campaign. Warrick was limited to four games in 2004, and spent 2005, his final season in the NFL, in a reserve/special teams roles with the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks. (Warrick was one of the first players to wear lime-green receiving gloves, which eventually led to one of the ugliest uniforms in sports history.)
Warrick bounced between the AFL, CFL, UFL, and the Northern Football League, and acknowledges that his knee injury cut his NFL career short.
“That’s probably what happened, but it’s all about football, and when you get hurt that’s what you do, you play,” Warrick said. “A lot of people say ‘He didn’t do this and didn’t do that’, but I feel like it is a blessing just to even make it to the NFL. Everybody doesn’t get that opportunity, so that is something you’ve got to respect. The NFL wasn’t hard. The hardest part was getting there.”