Justin Peelle
Peelle with the Falcons in 2009
No. 47     Free Agent
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-03-15) March 15, 1979 (age 41)
Place of birth: Fresno, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 103
Debuted in 2002 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
* San Diego Chargers ( 2002 2005)
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
* 4x Academic All-Pac-10 (1998-2001)
  • Honorable mention All-Pac 10 (2000)
  • First-team All-Pac 10 (2001)
  • Mackey Award semifinalist (2001)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2011
Receptions     123
Receiving yards     1,003
Receiving average     8.2
Receiving touchdowns     9
Stats at

Justin Morris Peelle (born March 15, 1979) was an American football tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He currently serves as an assistant tight ends coach for the Philadelphia Eagles He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon and high school football at Dublin High School.[1]

Peelle has also played for the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers.

College careerEdit

Peelle started 28 of the 42 games in which he played during his four seasons at the University of Oregon (1998–2001). During that time he played alongside the former Atlanta Falcons, quarterback Joey Harrington. As a junior, he was an honorable mention all-conference pick as a junior when he registered 24 receptions for 388 yards and five scores. He was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a senior when he caught 34 passes for 491 yards and nine touchdowns. The same year, he was also a semifinalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end.

In his collegiate career, he totaled 63 receptions for 944 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was also an All-Pac-10 Academic choice all four years.

Professional careerEdit

San Diego ChargersEdit

Peelle began his professional career in 2002, when he was a fourth-round selection (103rd overall) by the San Diego Chargers and their late general manager John Butler in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played in 15 games his rookie season, including two starts. On the year, he caught three passes for 15 yards. Peelle was also fifth on the squad with seven tackles on special teams. His first NFL reception came on a two-yard pass from quarterback Drew Brees against the San Francisco 49ers on November 17.

Peelle opened nine of the 15 games in which he appeared in 2003. He tallied a career-high 16 receptions for 133 yards on the season, and had one touchdown catch on the year. Peelle also contributed two tackles on special teams. He posted a career-high four catches, totaling 24 yards, against the Baltimore Ravens on September 21. His lone scoring catch of the year came on a seven-yard grab from Drew Brees in the back of the end zone the following week at the Oakland Raiders, marking his first NFL touchdown reception. He was inactive for game at the Detroit Lions on December 7 with a concussion sustained the previous week against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Peelle started four of 16 contests in which he appeared in 2004. He totaled 10 receptions for 84 yards and a pair of scores on the season and recorded four stops on special teams. His first reception of season came on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees in 38-17 win over the Tennessee Titans on October 3. Peelle tallied his longest scoring reception of his NFL career in a 42-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders on October 31 with a 17-yard grab from Brees. Peelle had three receptions for a career-best 34 yards in first-round playoff game against the New York Jets on January 8, 2005.

Peelle played in all 16 games in 2005, including four starts in what would be his final season with the Chargers. He caught 11 passes for 38 yards and a touchdown on the year while collecting two special teams tackles. He had his most productive day of season at the Oakland Raiders on October 16 when he caught three passes for 20 yards, including a four-yard touchdown reception from running back LaDainian Tomlinson in the Chargers’ 27-14 victory.

Miami DolphinsEdit

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The Miami Dolphins signed Peelle as an unrestricted free agent on March 20, 2006. Peelle signed a three-year deal with the team which included base salaries of $600,000 (2006), $1.2 million (2007), and $1.3 million (2008).

Peelle appeared in 15 games for the Dolphins in 2006, including a career-high ten starts. This was due to the team's increased use of two-tight end sets, which created more time for Peelle and less for fullback Darian Barnes. He finished with 16 catches for 116 yards and one touchdown on the season, marking the fourth consecutive season he had at least one touchdown catch. He was inactive once (on October 15 at the New York Jets) with a knee injury, allowing tight end Jason Rader to make the first start of his career. On November 19 against the Minnesota Vikings, Peelle had three catches for 21 yards and one touchdown, coming on an 11-yard pass from former Oregon teammate Joey Harrington. It was his first touchdown catch as a member of the Dolphins.

On August 30, 2008, Peelle was released by the Dolphins during final cuts.

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Peelle was signed by the Atlanta Falcons on September 1, 2008. The team released tight end Jason Rader to make room for Peelle on the roster. Peelle was named the starting Tight End after Ben Hartsock was placed on injured reserve. Peelle has made a great impact on the Falcons as a great receiving tight end. He helped the Falcons clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2004. The Falcons re-signed him on February 26, 2009.

On August 18, 2011, he was released with an injury settlement.

San Francisco 49ersEdit

The San Francisco 49ers signed Peelle on September 13, 2011. During the 2011 season, he typically played in multiple-tight-end sets backing up Vernon Davis. On November 20, 2011, against the Arizona Cardinals after injuries to other players, Peelle also played fullback.

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Peelle on August 13, 2012.

Coaching careerEdit

On February 8, 2013, Peelle was hired by new coach Chip Kelly to serve as the Philadelphia Eagles' assistant tight ends coach.[2]


Justin has a wife named Sara and a son, Morris David. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in political science.

Peele maintains his offseason in San Diego.[3]


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