August 16, 2005
Atlanta - One area Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora felt needed an upgrade during the offseason was at placekicker.
That meant Jay Feely was given his walking papers and the Falcons signed unrestricted free agent Todd Peterson.
The former Valdosta High Wildcat and Georgia Bulldog kicker is glad to be back in the Peach State.
However, this is not his first time with the Falcons. Todd Peterson was signed and later released before the start of the 1994 season.
Peterson in fact was released by four teams in two years before finally earning the plackekicking job with the Seattle Seahawks in 1995.
Peterson spent five years in the Pacific Northwest before he was cut in 2000.
After his release in Seattle, Peterson has kicked for the Chiefs, Steelers and last year with the San Francisco 49ers where he hit 13-14 field goal attempts inside the 40 yard line.
Peterson said he and his family were happy in the city by the bay but jumped at the chance to play for a Super Bowl contender like the Falcons.
Todd Peterson said "But as I thought about coming home and this opportunity it was obvious it is a great organization. Things have changed over the last couple of years in such a way that it is environment that allows guys to go out and win and I want to be part of the winning that we are going to do here and that ultimately is to win the Super Bowl."
Todd Peterson is the only kicker in the NFL to kick four game winning field goals in overtime for four different teams.
The Falcons are back at home Friday night against Tennessee in their final preseason game at the Georgia Dome.
Their final two games are at Jackonsville and Miami.