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Football has seen its share of offensive players from the great run in the early 1990’s selected to the Hall of Fame. Now the defensive side of the ball has an inductee in Peter Perivolarakis.
Perivolarakis wasted no time in making his presence felt on the defensive line. The freshman registered 30 tackles including 2.5 sacks on a team that finished 8-2 with wins over RPI, Amherst, and Bowdoin. The following season, he was third on the team in tackles (61) and topped the squad with seven sacks for 43 yards. He proved his versatility by recovering a fumble and deflecting three passes and the Engineers posted an undefeated season (8-0-1).
He emerged as a legitimate superstar during his junior campaign in 1991. He was selected first team All-New England after tallying 91 tackles and notching a jaw-dropping 12 sacks for 65 yards. He tacked on seven additional tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles, and recorded a safety as the Crimson and Gray finished 7-3.
“Peter was every opposing coach’s nightmare,” says head coach Jack Siedlecki. “He was unblockable. His quickness off the ball disrupted opposing offenses, week in and week out. Rarely is an interior defensive lineman as influential in the outcome of games as Peter was.”
Perivolarakis served as team captain as a senior during the dream season of 1992 that saw WPI go 9-1 in the regular season, capture the inaugural Freedom Football Conference championship and become the only team in school history to participate in the NCAA Championships. He was a first-team FFC all-conference selection and a repeat first-team All-New England performer. He collected a career-best 94 tackles to go along with nine sacks (40 yards) and an additional 9 tackles-for-loss. He also tallied 6 pass deflections, 3 blocked kicks with a forced and recovered a fumble.
“In the 13 years I had the pleasure of playing football growing up, never have I had the pleasure of playing or witnessing such a dominant defensive force such as Pete Perivolarakis,” says Hall of Fame teammate Jason Wooley. “Pete’s passion, drive and commitment to dominating the line of scrimmage were unrelenting and unparalleled. It’s not the norm that the offense would come off the field and talk over adjustments from the previous possession as quickly as possible just so we could all get to witness what Pete was going to do next.”
A native of Framingham, Mass., Peter graduated in 1993 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Since then he was a mechanical engineer at General Dynamics and a manager of a CAE consulting firm before joining General Electric in 2006, where he is the manager of structural analysis. Peter and his wife, Eleni, live in Swampscott, Mass.
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