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Name: Peter Boulware
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Position: Outside Linebacker
Years Play in Baltimore: 1997 – 2005
Accomplishments: 4 – Time Pro Bowler
After your playing career in Baltimore was complete, what did you do?
I'm down here [in Florida]. I've got four kids – six, four, two, and six months. I have my own business [Toyota car dealership], and I ran for public office here – the Florida House of Representatives. Didn't win, but I ran.
What made you decide to throw your name in the running for the Florida House of Representatives?
I just wanted to get involved in the community, and I thought it would be a good way to get involved and help out. The House seat was coming open, and I thought it would be a good way for me to start serving.
Are you looking to run again for a public office in the future?
Maybe, maybe, but right now I don't really have any plans. I'm just going take it easy and relax and kind of figure out what my next move is, but if a door opens and it's right for me, then I may look at it.
Did you major in political science at Florida State?
No, I didn't. I never really had an interest in politics. I liked watching the debates on TV and watching our political leaders, but I never thought that I'd be in that arena. My major was management information systems, so I had no idea that I'd be going into the political arena, but it was a fun experience for me.
Aside from your Toyota dealership, are you currently working anywhere else?
I'm on the State Board of Education [in Florida] now.
What do you see yourself doing 20 years from now?
You know, I really don't know. Obviously, I got my business, and I'll be involved in the management of that. As far as politics goes, that may be an option, but I'm not banking on that. Who knows what the future has for me?
Do you still follow the Ravens, and have you made it to any games since you retired?
I do - I try to catch them on TV when I can.
I haven't been to a game yet, but I've been back [to Baltimore], and I've done a couple appearances and seen a few people.
Who was your favorite quarterback to sack?
Probably Mark Brunell [Jacksonville Jaguars] because I sacked him the most.
What teammate you were closest with during your playing days in Baltimore?
Probably Jaime Sharper [Baltimore Ravens Linebacker: 1997 – 2001] - we were pretty close. I was close to Ray [Lewis] because we were all in the same segment [linebackers].
What was your fondest memory of playing in Baltimore?
Obviously, the Super Bowl was our biggest and best moment, and that was just pretty incredible! You know, I remember playing in that 2000 year, and how good our defense was and just how we came together and played well.
We went through a stretch – I think it was almost a month – where we didn't score a touchdown. Our team was struggling, but we pulled it back together and we went on a run and ended up winning the Super Bowl. That was just a pretty incredible season!
Do you wear your Super Bowl ring often?
I don't wear it much. I keep it locked up and every once in a while I'll pull it out and look at it, but I don't wear it much. I'm just glad I've got it though!
Do you have any advice for kids today who want to be professional football players?
Yeah, if they want to do it, it takes a lot of commitment and a lot of hard work, but the NFL, if you make it, it's one step to a big life.
Make sure you get your education! That would be great if you get a college degree because the NFL only gives you a step up, but it's not the end-all. You have to have a plan after the NFL.
Do you have anything you would like to say to the fans who are reading this?
Yeah, I miss Baltimore! I miss the people there. It was an incredible city, an incredible sports town, and I thank them for their support. I thank them for nine great years of cheering me on in Baltimore.
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