Marcus Peters started out as a multisport athlete. He would play football and run track at McClymonds High School in Oakland, California. Peters would go on to perform at a very high level in high school. He intercepted seven passes and scored six touchdowns on kick/punt returns. He was rated as a three-star recruit coming out of high school. Marcus ultimately decided to commit to the University of Washington.
His college career would start with a redshirt season before getting on the field the following year. Peters would start eight games and finished with three interceptions, a touchdown, and 44 tackles. His sophomore effort showed that he could be even better with improved statistics in almost every category. Marcus would be dismissed from the team late in his junior season. He would decide to enter the 2015 NFL Draft and would be picked 18th overall in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs.
After training camp of his rookie season, Peters would officially be named as the No. 1 starting cornerback on the Chiefs defense. Marcus Peters had a first NFL start to remember in week one of the 2015 season. He finished the game with three pass deflections, an interception, and seven total tackles. He finished his rookie season being tied in the league for most interceptions that year with eight. Peters would have a solid career in Kansas City where he would lead the defense in interceptions for the time that he spent there. He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams after the 2017 season for a 2018 fourth round pick and a 2019 second round pick.
Once Marcus was traded his fifth year option was pick up by the Rams. He went into the new year as starting cornerback along with Aqib Talib. He had another statistically good year and would help the Rams get to the Super Bowl LII. Although the Rams went on to lose to the Patriots, the score was kept close and finished 13-3. Peters had one pass defended and seven tackles. The 2019 season started off with a bang for Marcus Peters. He had a pick six against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a fumble recovery against the Seattle Seahawks, and another pick against the San Francisco 49ers.
Injuries and the Ed Block Courage Award
In mid October of 2019, Peters would be traded again but this time he went to the Baltimore Ravens. He would have his first Ravens start in week 7 of the 2019 season. Up until his 2021 ACL injury, he had been having a major impact on the Ravens defense. in September of 2021 Marcus Peters would tear his ACL in practice and would be on IR for the rest of the season. After months of rehab, Peters would make his way back onto the Ravens active roster in week 2 of the 2022 season.
He was voted to receive the Ed Block Courage Award by his teammates for his courage and determination. Marcus would go on to talk about how difficult rehab was but said “When you think about football, it’s about your teammates and coaches. We’ve been through a lot here with injuries over the last couple of years. I was down last year, but I worked my butt to get back and I had my teammates’ support. They saw me working. It’s a blessing.”