While Corey Peters is a defensive menace on the football field, he's a book worm away from it. The Cardinals veteran defensive lineman and team captain just launched the Corey Peter's Playbook, a virtual book club to share his passion for reading with Arizona high school students in hopes that they can learn to read for enjoyment and to better themselves.
"I just think that reading is a really important thing," Peters said. "Everybody has access to some kind of information with the internet now. If you can read, you're able to teach yourself anything, and I truly believe that."
Peters said his parents used to make him read 30-minutes to an hour per day, despite his protests. It wasn't until he was an adult that he liked to read for enjoyment.
Along the way, however, Peters noticed that some of his college teammates weren't comfortable reading out loud. That was part of the inspiration for him starting a book club at South Pointe High School.
Given the COVID-19 circumstances, the book club will take place on Zoom, but Peters hopes to open the door to more kids participating.
"I'm always so impressed by the kids and their points of views, the ideas they come up with, the way they phrase things is always very interesting to me," Peters said. "I'm looking forward to this."
Any high school student interested in participating can sign up here.