Peter Boulware
Boulware campaigning in 2008 for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives.
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-12-18) December 18, 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth: Columbia, South Carolina
High School: Columbus (SC) Spring Valley
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
Debuted in 1997 for the Baltimore Ravens
Last played in 2005 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
* Baltimore Ravens ( 1997 2005)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (1996)
Tackles     399
Quarterback sacks     70.0
Interceptions     1
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Peter Nicholas Boulware (born December 18, 1974) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for Florida State University, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 1997 NFL Draft, he played his entire pro career for the Ravens.

Boulware was a Republican candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in the 2008 general election.

Early careerEdit

Boulware was born in Columbia, South Carolina. He played at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, and then graduated first from Spring Valley High School, and went on to play for Florida State University. He was an all-state pick for Spring Valley High School in 1992. He recorded 132 tackles, 14 sacks, and two blocked punts and was named one of the top 50 athletes in the nation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also named one of the nation's top 100 athletes by the Dallas Morning News.

College careerEdit

Boulware accepted an athletic scholarship to attend Florida State University, where he played for coach Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles football team from 1993 to 1996. He redshirted his freshman season in 1993; as a redshirt freshman in 1994, he recorded 37 tackles, five sacks, and five tackles for loss. One of his sacks was recorded against Florida Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel in the 1995 Sugar Bowl.

As a sophomore, Boulware totaled 46 tackles, an ACC-leading ten sacks, and 18 tackles for losses, which ranked second in the ACC, and was named honorable mention All-ACC. As a junior, Boulware totaled 68 tackles, a school record 19 sacks, 20 tackles for losses, seven forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. He was a consensus first-team All-American, All-ACC, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, as well as National Defensive Player of the Year by Football News. His 19 sacks were the most in the nation. Boulware decided to leave school early and enter the 1997 NFL Draft.

Boulware was one of six defensive ends selected to Sports Illustrated's all-20th century college football team.

Boulware graduated on April 26, 1997 with a degree in management information systems.

Professional careerEdit

The Baltimore Ravens selected Boulware in the first round, with the fourth overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft.[1] In 1997 Boulware recorded 66 total tackles, 12 sacks, and one forced fumble to receive the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. He would play for the Ravens for eight years, going to four Pro Bowls and becoming the Ravens' all-time sack leader. Boulware was also a member of the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl-winning team during the 2000 NFL season. The Ravens released Peter Boulware prior to the 2005 season, then re-signed him to a lower salary. Before the 2006 season, the Ravens released him again due to injuries and he decided to retire. Boulware finished his career with 493 tackles, a franchise record 70 sacks, 26.5 tackles for losses, 13 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 19 pass deflections, and one interception for six yards in 126 career games.

Personal lifeEdit

Peter Boulware is married and has five children. He is also the vice president of a Tallahassee Toyota dealership and is featured in the dealership's commercials. He also found a private school, Community Leadership Academy. His younger brother, Michael Boulware, a strong safety is currently a free agent.


Peter Boulware was officially inducted into the Baltimore Ravens' Ring of Honor in a ceremony held during halftime of the game between the Ravens and the Bengals on November 5, 2006.[2]


On September 10, 2007, Peter Boulware announced his candidacy for the Florida state house as a member of the Republican Party.[3] On August 26, 2008, Boulware won the Republican primary with 84.1 percent of the vote. On November 7, with all ballots counted from the election held on November 4, Democrat Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda beat Boulware by 430 votes, for an open Florida House seat.[4] Following the election Boulware was appointed to the Florida Board of Education by Governor Charlie Crist.[5]

Boulware contributed the federally allowed maximum to the presidential candidacy of Mike Huckabee in the 2008 presidential election primary.[6]

Career statisticsEdit

Year Team G Tackles Sacks TFL INT INT YDS FF FR PD TD
1997 Baltimore 16 66 11.5 2.5 0 0 1 0 0 0
1998 Baltimore 16 83 8.5 6 0 0 0 1 5 0
1999 Baltimore 16 42 10 2.5 0 0 3 0 2 0
2000 Baltimore 16 45 7 2.5 0 0 2 0 1 0
2001 Baltimore 16 82 15 2 0 0 4 1 4 0
2002 Baltimore 16 87 7 4.5 1 6 0 2 4 0
2003 Baltimore 15 79 8.5 5.5 0 0 3 1 2 0
2004 Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 Baltimore 15 9 2.5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 126 493 70 26.5 1 6 13 5 19 0
  • Pro Bowls: 4
  • Played in 111 straight games to start his career before sitting out the final game of the 2003 season due to injury. Sat out all of 2004.
  • Baltimore Ravens record for sacks in a season with 15 in 2001.
  • Baltimore Ravens team records of 70 sacks for 428 yards lost.
  • Totaled 18 tackles and 3 sacks in his 6 career Playoff games.


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