Born in Raeford, North Carolina, US; Andre Emmanuel Pegues (pronounced puh-GEESE) is a young American football athlete. With thousands of followers on his Instagram account, Pegues is well-known for the exceptional football skills that have earned him the position of a ‘Wide Receiver’ in his football team. With jersey number 81, he is a player of the East Carolina Pirates which is the college football team representing the East Carolina University (ECU) where Pegues studies. He is in his Sophomore year and his passion for football is apparent in the fact that he is majoring in Sports Studies. With a height of 6 ft 3 in and a weight of 209 lbs, he is a player valued for his athletic fitness and speed that greatly contributes to his team’s success. He’s also the tallest pass-catcher on the team’s preseason two-deep.
His talent for sports is in his genes as his father was a collegiate basketball player at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level. Moreover, his mother was also a track letter-winner and so sports have had a huge influence on him since his childhood. Surrounded by parents who love sports, it was almost natural for him to become interested in this field as well. He enjoys playing various types of sports and is following the footsteps of his parents by training hard to make a name for himself in the sports industry.
His excellent skills landed him offers from Appalachian State Mountaineers in May 2017 and also Princeton University; however, he accepted the offer from East Carolina and attended its school camp in June 2017, making him a member of the Pirate’ 2018 recruiting class. The coaching staff was already impressed by his skills but wanted to further test his skills during the camp. Pegues did not disappoint them and his hard work was recognized when shortly after the camp, he verbally committed to the Pirates. He made an official visit there on 21st October 2017 and then in December of the same year, he signed a “letter of intent”. He finally enrolled there in June 2018.
Pegues was the football team captain at his high school in Hoke County and had a busy Junior year as part of the Hoke County Bucks football team. However, due to numerous injuries, he was restricted to only participating in eight games in his senior season in 2017. To make up for the opportunities he had missed as a result, he had to make a huge leap to be able to make it to the Division I level when he enrolled in East Carolina University. His chance to make his skills shine came a little earlier than one would expect. During his Freshman year, the EC Pirates were struggling because of injuries and depth at the tight-end position so, it was decided that Pegues would be moved to the tight-end. His freshman year ended with him playing in the final two games of the year and preserving his redshirt.
Throughout his academic life, he has been an outstanding student as he has been given the “Scholar-Athlete Award” three times. 2019 was a year when his skills stood out and made more impact on the special teams. He played in 10 games and posted three solo special team tackles which were on the third rank on the team. Being a ‘Wide Receiver’, also known as a ‘Wideout’, Pegues has a key responsibility to catch the forward-passes coming from the quarterback. As a wide receiver is one of the fastest players on the team, he made a lot of effort to gain more muscles while reducing his frame so that he could regain his quick speed. Although he has just started his career and there are a lot of opportunities to come his way, he does not intend to waste this time as it is crucial to further develop his skills. His goal, for now, is to continue improving his football skills, no matter how little and insignificant they might seem. He hopes that his fans will continue to support him and cheer for him.