Linfield Wildcats

Bernie Peterson

Athlete 1970 - 1973

Bernie Peterson Bernie Peterson, Class of 1974, was perhaps the finest tight end ever to don a Linfield football jersey.

He was one of the best blockers ever to play the position, according to his college coach, Ad Rutschman. Peterson was also a smooth receiver, capable of gaining big yards after the catch.

"Most tight ends are dominant in one area, either as a blocker, receiver or runner," said Rutschman, recalling Peterson's playing ability. "Bernie excelled at all three areas. He wasn't real big, but he was a great blocker, had outstanding speed and very good hands. He had the ability to score a touchdown every time he touched the ball."

A bit undersized to play tight end, he came to Linfield in 1970 weighing 190 pounds. He overcame a serious injury during his sophomore season that sidelined him for much of that year. He returned in a big way in 1972, using his manuverability and savvy to earn All-America honors his junior and senior seasons. He was a member of two Northwest Conference championship teams. His 30 receptions during his senior season of 1973 is the most ever by a Wildcat tight end.

Following graduation in 1974, Peterson had a tryout with the Portland Storm of the World Football League. He then went on to an accomplished career in education, teaching and coaching football, basketball and track at Moanalua High School for 23 years. Prior to his time at Moanalua, he spent three years at Kalani High School.