By Sam Gordon

The Massachusetts Pirates have shored up their special teams bringing in veteran kicker Craig ‘The Leg’ Peterson

Peterson, 34, has played six seasons of arena football and won a National Arena League championship with the Carolina Cobras in 2018.

The State University of New York College at Cortland alum, spent time with the Tampa Bay Storm, Spokane Empire as well as Carolina. He was assigned to the AFL’s Columbus Destroyers in its last season before the league folded.

For Peterson, his job is about more than just kicking the ball. The National Arena League champion kicker wants to bring his trademark eccentric personality to the DCU Center.

“For me, I’m a veteran now and to bring that kind of excitement, joy, love and especially passion for the game here for a team like Massachusetts, that’s gonna get everyone else fired up even more,” Peterson told “We already have some dogs here in Massachusetts and now we have one more in myself and coming from the Carolina Cobras a couple of years ago where we did win an NAL Championship, we had to get through Massachusetts. To bring that charisma and energy to this team, I think it’s only gonna make us even better.”

Pirates president Jawad Yatim praised the veteran kicker’s experience and success in arena football venues.

“He’s an arena veteran and is familiar with the different venues in our league, which I certainly think holds value,” Yatim said. “When you’re dealing with various Jumbotron heights and locations, it really does play a factor in the kicking game. He’s been an effective kicker against us in the past and we are glad to have him.”