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Eric Peterson, Published October 25 2013

Moniker becomes ordinary: Concordia safety Luke Peterson now goes by Pedro


Luke Peterson started the transition to the first name Pedro during an afternoon basketball game in middle school.

One of Peterson’s friends thought having two Lukes on one team was too much. The friend decided to give one of the Lukes a new name.

“He randomly called me ‘Pedro’ and it’s just stuck,” said Peterson, now a senior starting safety for the Concordia football team.

Even his mom calls him Pedro – for the most part.

“I have to go back and forth a little bit with Luke,” Peg Peterson said with a laugh.

“I didn’t like the name very much right away,” said Pedro, who went to New London-Spicer (Minn.) High School. “I like it now. It feels weird when people call me Luke.”

Most on the Concordia campus wouldn’t know “Luke Peterson” if they were asked.

A good portion, however, would know Pedro.

“It’s basically just a real name now,” Pedro said.

A glance at the stats and Pedro is listed as “Peterson and the Cobbers secondary will need to have a big game today. Concordia hosts Augsburg at 1 p.m. at Jake Christiansen Stadium.

Augsburg sophomore quarterback Ayrton Scott leads the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in passing with 271.8 yards per game.

“They’ve got a quarterback who is probably the biggest weapon in the league,” Cobbers head coach Terry Horan said.

Scott is averaging more than 30 passing attempts per game. That could give Pedro the chance for a career first. While his strength is helping stop the running game, Pedro hasn’t had an interception in his Concordia career.

He knows he’s running out of chances with four games remaining in the regular season.

“It puts a lot of pressure on these last few to get one,” Pedro said with a laugh. “I don’t want to end without one.”

Cobbers senior running back Matt Peterson has been a roommate with Pedro since they were freshmen. Matt recalls meeting Pedro on the first day of football camp of that freshman year and being skeptical.

“He said, ‘I’m Luke,’” Matt said. “‘Everybody calls me Pedro.’ I’m like, ‘Is this a real thing or not?’ I didn’t know if he was messing with me or what.”

Matt found out Pedro wasn’t pulling his leg later that day. The two went to dinner with Pedro’s mom and dad. They both called him Pedro.

Listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, Pedro isn’t the most physically imposing safety. But that doesn’t stop the elementary education major from being a force near the line of scrimmage. He has 4½ tackles for a loss this fall.

“He’s our most physical defensive back,” Matt said. “He plays (the) run really well. … He is always going for that big hit.”

Matt describes Pedro as a person who is willing to do anything for a friend. Pedro is also one of the four team captains.

“He’s just got a knockout personality,” Horan said. “Everyone loves him.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter

Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found

at peterson.areavoices.com