Pete Koch
No. 74
Position:Defensive lineman
Personal information
Born: (1962-01-23) January 23, 1962 (age 62)
New Hyde Park, New York, U.S.
Career information
NFL draft:1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:58
Games started:22
Player stats at · PFR

Peter Alan Koch (born January 23, 1962) is an American actor and former professional football player.

Early life, family and education

Peter Koch was born and raised in New Hyde Park, New York on Long Island. He attended New Hyde Park Memorial High School.[1]

He attended college on a full athletic scholarship at University of Maryland, College Park and played on its Terrapins football team under coaches Jerry Claiborne and Bobby Ross.[2]

Years later, Koch attended free medical studies classes at UCLA[1] in furtherance of his efforts as a personal trainer.

Professional football

Koch was a defensive end who played five seasons in the National Football League, for the Cincinnati Bengals (1984), the Kansas City Chiefs (1985–1987), and the Los Angeles Raiders (1989).

He was selected 16th overall in the first round of the 1984 NFL draft.[3] One round later, the Bengals drafted Koch's Maryland teammate, quarterback Boomer Esiason. Their teammate, Frank Reich, was selected into the NFL the next season and is formerly the head coach of the Carolina Panthers.

Other pursuits

Koch became an actor on television and feature films. He also appeared in television commercials, including ones for Ford trucks, Kay Jewelers and KTM motorcycles.[1] He received his SAG card in 1985.[1] He also became a certified personal trainer,[2] attending free medical studies classes at UCLA.[1]

Selected filmography



  1. ^ a b c d e Koch, Pete (December 24, 2019). "Diamonds Giving Santa Every Life is Made Better with Koch". Break It Down. Interviewed by Pete Turner. Retrieved December 5, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Tomko, Jeff (c. 2017). "How Pete Koch Made a Life Bodybuilding, Acting, and Playing Football". JW Media LLC. Retrieved December 5, 2022.
  3. ^ "1984 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-10-10.