YSU scholarship honors father of Peterson brothers

YOUNGSTOWN — The Peterson brothers from Warren, all of whom played football for Youngstown State University in the 1980s, have established at YSU a scholarship in the name of their father, Lambert Peterson Jr., who worked construction and was a role model for his three sons and many others in their hometown.

The scholarship, established this fall by Andre, Mike and Vince Peterson, enhances the YSU Athletics Scholarship Endowment Fund.

“Our father faithfully and selflessly served his God his family his work and his community with a relentless commitment,” the Peterson family said in a release. “We wanted to provide the scholarship to a young man who reflects those same attributes.

“He used to say to us that ‘he would do whatever he could for his family so that one day while he was digging ditches on the highway he could see his boys drive by wearing a suit and tie achieving our goals.’ That is what the scholarship is all about.”

A member of the Peterson family played for the YSU football program from 1983-89. All three were graduates of the former Western Reserve High School and were part of coach Jim Tressel’s first Penguins team in 1986.

Even more impressive, the three Peterson brothers each started at some point that season with Mike and Vince starting all 11 games and Andre starting six.

Their father was employed by A.P. O’Horo Construction for 40 years as a foreman before spending an additional 12 years as a driver for NEOCAP. He was a proud 50-year gold card member of the International HOD local 925 Laborers Union.

The endowment was created to honor the hard work, dedication and sacrifice Lambert Peterson made while raising his family. The scholarship will be awarded annually to recognize, celebrate and applaud the efforts of a former walk-on YSU football player starting in 2018-19.

True to Lambert’s example, the recipient is someone who gives maximum effort and places the team first, all while avoiding the spotlight. This scholarship will represent the “hard hat” mentality of showing up for work every day, which was synonymous with Lambert, and the hard-working people of the Mahoning Valley.

Vince Peterson played nose guard at YSU from 1983-86 and had 241 tackles in his career, including 27 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. Mike (1984-87) played both outside linebacker and defensive end and finished with 297 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. Andre (1986-89) was a defensive tackle who finished with 266 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

Lambert Peterson did not earn a high school diploma, but he knew the value of an education and wanted his sons to go to college and be successful.

Paul McFadden, President of the YSU Foundation, said the Petersons valued football and education and appreciated the chance to attend Youngstown State University.

”All three worked extremely hard during their YSU playing careers and their teammates took notice as all three served as team captains for the Penguins,” McFadden said. ”We are thankful that they have endowed a scholarship in Lambert’s name because as a group, they made a huge impact on the success of the YSU program.”

For more information, or to endow an athletic scholarship at Youngstown State University, contact Dan Kopp at the YSU Foundation at 330-941-3211 or at dkopp@ysufoundation.org.