Editor's note: This story first appeared in the spring 2021 issue of Hearts Together, a Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor Special Magazine Edition.

quarterbackPlaying quarterback for the Concordia Cardinals is a significant part of Peter Morrison’s identity, but there’s much more to Morrison than his athletic abilities.

To Morrison, being a quarterback isn’t just a position, it’s a lifestyle. Morrison leads teammates in weekly Bible studies and has stood next to teammates as they’ve been baptized. He leads peers through workplace-readiness tactics. And he has led teammates through the stay-at-home order—calling to check in and coordinating outdoor workouts.

Learn more about how Morrison connects with people around him, both on and off the field.

What do you want people to know about you besides being quarterback?

I’m always open to talk! I try to be approachable and like getting to know people.

I also want others to know that I believe in God, that I believe He has a purpose for me, and that my faith is very important to me.

Where else are you involved on campus?

I’ve worked in the career engagement studio since my sophomore year. I help students with their resumes, and I help plan events that expose them to different careers and prepare them for life after college. This semester we planned a virtual career fair so that students could still have opportunities to meet employers for jobs and internships.

I’m also an Athletes in Action leader and help with the student athlete leader team. There are always ways to get to know people if you’re not afraid to say hello, open the door for them, or sit with them at lunch. That’s my favorite thing to do.

How has being a quarterback shaped your experience at Concordia? What life lessons does it teach?

I believe that being a quarterback is a lifestyle. I want to be a leader in the classroom and among the students, not just on the field. Connecting with people outside of football and helping other people on campus has been important to me.

Quarterbacks have to have relationships with a lot of different people—offensive line, receivers, running backs—and we can’t speak to everyone the same way. I have to understand whom I’m with and find a way for everyone to jell. This is true in all kinds of scenarios, and that has been a great lesson for me.

What are your plans after graduation?

I really love football. I’ve been a part of it for so long, and I’m not ready to step away. My passion lies in coaching, and I want to pursue that. If things take a turn, I’ll evaluate from there. Right now I’m trying to trust God’s plan for me, listen to Him, and allow Him to guide my next steps.

What advice do you have for Concordia students?

Don’t miss class. If you’re on Zoom, show your face. Engage with your professors because they’re people, too. Make connections with your professors, and you’ll do fine.

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— Rachel Thoms served on Concordia University's Strategic Communications team from 2015-2022. Any inquiries about this story can be sent to news@cuaa.edu.

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