Diary: Time to head to Rocky Top

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A few of the Tennessee football commitments have agreed to work alongside InsideTennessee.com to diary their senior seasons and final year of high school. Nathan Peterman and his parents were among the first who volunteered to share some thoughts about the quarterback's life with our readership.

Read below to see what the Peterman family had to say after Bartram Trail (Fla.) High School fell to Scout.com's No. 3-ranked team in the country, Armwood, 46-38 in a FHSAA Class 6A semifinal on Dec. 9. Peterman completed 21 of 36 passes for 369 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions.

Nathan Peterman

It ended up being a great season that didn't finish exactly as we hoped it would, but was definitely not a complete failure either.  

There were a lot of lessons learned and a lot of great friendships made strong that I will never forget.  

Our team was one of the most successful teams our school has ever had so that was definitely something to be proud of.

I learned a lot from my time at Bartram. Coach Sutherland does a great job of enforcing key virtues to strengthen our character and what kind of men we become. I can definitely say I feel very prepared to face the world on my own due to his great example and teaching. 

I've also really enjoyed the last time here with my family and know that things, unfortunately, will never be the same. My parents and brothers have been such great role models, mentors and friends in my life. I have learned so much from all of them and know that they will always support me and be praying for me wherever I go. 

I have particularly enjoyed this last year with my parents as I have gotten to spend a lot more time with them due to both of my other brothers being out of the house. We have been through a lot together, but have become a lot closer because of it. It is a time I will always remember. I look forward to my new chapter in life but will definitely miss everything I am moving on from. 

It has been a great 17 years at home, but it is time to move on.

I am very excited to go up to Knoxville and begin working and striving every day to be the best that I can be. I look forward to all the great challenges that I know will come from my time there. I know that all I do will be in God's plan and I will strive to give Him glory in everything I do.

2 Corinthians 4:16 2 Samuel 22:3

Chuck and Dana Peterman

We are so proud of Nathan and the Bartram Bears. They are state championship winners in our book. They played their hearts out and we will always remember this football season as a time of excitement, bonding, growth and celebration.

To win 12 out of 14 football games, including three state playoff games, is completely awesome! They just played one less game than we hoped for. 

Nathan had the passing game of his life with 375 yards and a great running game as well! It was challenging since one of our best receivers, Bobby Walker, was unable to play in the last two games due to an ankle injury. We definitely missed him for sure as well as a couple others on the injured list.

We were very thankful for the final play of Nathan's Bartram Trail High School  career…his 32-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Taylor in the end zone. It was beautiful. What a wonderful memory to end on.

We were so proud of how hard the Bears fought. Armwood ended up winning the state championship, but no other team scored as many points (38) against Armwood the entire season as Bartram did the night of the state semifinals. 


We have one more week and then Nathan will go to Dallas on Dec. 26 to practice and play in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. The game will be held in the Cowboys Stadium on Dec. 29 at 6 p.m. and will be televised on tape delay.

It should be a lot of fun for Nathan to participate in this event and I know he is looking forward to playing with Jason Croom (fellow Tennessee commit) and all the other players. We are looking forward to seeing him play in the Cowboys Stadium!

Nathan has been blessed to receive other awards as well…including several player of the year honors. We must admit he's our favorite quarterback in the world! We're so thankful for the gifts God has blessed him with and pray he will continue to shine for the glory of God.

We will be moving Nathan to UT on Jan. 6. Rocky Top, here we come…with all the love and prayers two parents' hearts can hold.

Psalm 103:17

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