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2004 Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee: Peter Boulware

Oct. 1, 2004


Peter Boulware was challenged at a very young age by his successful parents. His dad, Raleigh, was an oncologist and his mother, Melva, part owner of a furniture business. His older brother Raleigh Jr., who played nose guard at Georgia Tech, is an electrical engineer. His sister Kala, ran track at Notre Dame and is completing her medical residency this year at Vanderbilt. His younger brother Michael – well, Seminole fans are very familiar with baby brother’s recent second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks. For the Boulwares, success is just a family business.

Peter Boulware went to high school at Spring Valley in Columbus, S.C., where he participated in football and track. He was named a Blue Chip All-American in football, High School Player of the Year and participated in the Shrine Bowl. The Atlanta Journal Constitution also named him one of the top 50 athletes.

In Boulware’s sophomore season, he led the ACC with 10 sacks despite starting only two of 11 games. His standout junior year, which included 12 quarterback sacks, led him to make the decision to declare eligibility in the NFL draft. After being named a consensus All-American, National Defensive Player of the Year, All-ACC and smashing Ron Simmons’ 1977 record for sacks in a career with and astounding 19, Peter’s career as a Seminole would come to a happy end. He was selected with the fourth overall pick in the first round of the ’97 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens.

Peter has kept the same simple strategy for success since his days at Florida State: prayer and hard work. His premiere season as a Baltimore Raven was impressive, earning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and being named to the All-Rookie Team. In seven seasons, Boulware has made three Pro Bowl appearances and earned a Super Bowl ring from the 2001 championship.

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