Feature photo courtesy of Thomas Padanilam.
Peter McIntyre, the 6-foot-2-inch, 215-pound outside linebacker from Toledo, Ohio is surrounded by the right people to make him succeed on and off the field.
McIntyre has played football all of his life and started playing tackle in fourth grade. His dad, an all-state football player in Michigan, influenced McIntyre to play football then and has been a big figure in his football career ever since.
“He’s always tried to make me the best player that I could be,” McIntyre said about his dad. “I’ve always tried to make him proud with everything I’ve done through football.”
McIntyre, currently a junior at St. John’s Jesuit High School, credits much of his success to two of his coaches there: head coach Doug Pearson and associate head coach Rick Rattay.
“Coach Pearson and Coach Rattay at St. Johns have helped, and have influenced me the most and made me the player that I have been, that I was for the past 2-3 years,” McIntyre said. “They’re there every lift in the offseason, every training in the offseason.”
Pearson is also McIntyre’s counselor at school and helps keep him on the path to success on and off the field.
“He makes sure I’m on course academically,” McIntyre said about Pearson. “He wants me to be a leader of the team so he talks to me to help motivate my team and get us to where we need to be.”
McIntyre has three older brothers that have also helped him get to where he’s at today.
“All three of my older brothers have influenced me and helped train me and make me as good as I can be,” McIntyre said. “I enjoy playing for them and doing my best to make them proud.”
While McIntyre is motivated to make his family proud, he’s also motivated by the two grandfathers he’s lost. His grandfather, Richard McIntyre, passed away the week before the first game sophomore season.
“He’s the man that I look up to be,” McIntyre said.
McIntyre also lost his other grandfather, ‘Grandpa Joe’ Hirka, right after the end of his sophomore season and said he “played for them every game” in his junior year.
McIntyre currently has six offers, a number of them from Ivy League schools. But he isn’t sure where he would like to go yet.
“I hope to figure everything out after I check out the East Coast and go down to Miami (Ohio) again,” McIntyre said.
McIntyre is thinking about studying business in college and likes the business program at Miami (OH) and the master’s program at Harvard. When it comes to potential schools, academics are a key aspect for McIntyre, who holds a 4.2 GPA.
“For me, academics are very important,” McIntyre said. “My whole life I’ve done everything to try to get into the best college that I can.”
McIntyre also said that he wants to go to a school with a competitive nature and good relationships between the coaches and players.
On the field, McIntyre is a versatile player, playing slot receiver and kicker as well as his primary position of outside linebacker. In his junior season, he set the school record for points scored. McIntyre described himself as a quick and intelligent player.
“I’m fast, I can tackle in space, I read the field well,” McIntyre said. “I have a high football IQ, I can interpret what’s going to happen and what could happen.” McIntyre also said that for his size he does well in coverage.
When it comes to what he needs to improve, McIntyre said that he wants to be in better shape than last season and get better at shedding blocks.
Last season, St. John’s went 6-4. In 2016, McIntyre aims to lead the team to an undefeated season, a deep playoff run and hopefully, a state title.