James Peter
No. 42     Ottawa Redblacks
Peter with the Redblacks in 2023
Born: (1999-06-09) June 9, 1999 (age 24)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Career information
CFL statusNational
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
UniversityOttawa (2017-2021)
High schoolSt. Mother Teresa High School
CFL Draft2022 / Round: 2 / Pick: 12
Drafted byOttawa Redblacks
Career history
As player
2023–presentOttawa Redblacks
Career stats

James Peter (born June 9, 1999) is a professional Canadian football linebacker for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played U Sports football for the University of Ottawa and was selected in the second round of the 2023 CFL Draft by the Redblacks.

Early life

Peter was born June 9, 1999 in Ottawa, Ontario.[1] He attended St. Mother Teresa High School in Ottawa, and played for the school's Canadian football team from grades 9-12 as a running back and linebacker.[2]

University career

Peter attended the University of Ottawa, where he played for the Gee-Gees from 2017 to 2021.[2]

Professional career

Peter was ranked the 19th-best prospect for the 2023 CFL Draft, according to the CFL Scouting Bureau's final rankings.[3] He was ultimately chosen 12th overall by the Ottawa Redblacks and signed with the team on May 9, 2023.[4][5] He began the 2023 season on the injured list before being moved to the practice roster in week 8.[6] Peter then made his professional debut on August 19, 2023, against the Montreal Alouettes.[6] He played in the final nine games of the regular season where he recorded five special teams tackles.[7]


  1. ^ "James Peter". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2023-12-24.
  2. ^ a b Abbott, J. C. (2023-03-12). "2023 CFL Draft profiles: Ottawa LB James Peter turned down running back offers for chance to play defense". 3DownNation. Retrieved 2023-12-24.
  3. ^ "Matthew Bergeron takes Top Spot in Spring Scouting Bureau Rankings". Canadian Football League. April 21, 2023.
  4. ^ "Redblacks sign 2023 CFL Draft class". Ottawa Redblacks. 2023-05-09. Retrieved 2023-12-24.
  5. ^ Independent, Barrhaven (2023-05-28). "Two Barrhaven Players Selected In CFL Draft". Barrhaven Independent. Retrieved 2023-12-24.
  6. ^ a b "Game Notes" (PDF). Canadian Football League. Retrieved 2024-01-06.
  7. ^ "James Peter". Canadian Football League. Retrieved 2024-01-06.