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Sept. 19, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. | By: Max Moore
The Northwest Missouri State football team finds success on and off the field, but one man behind the scenes creates another advantage for the Bearcats.
The essential equipment for a football player is his helmet, pads, jersey, pants and cleats. Most are satisfied with the ordinary things that get the job done. Tucker Peve takes the ordinary job of equipment managing and creates an art form.
Peve got his start in equipment managing early in his time at Northwest. He says equipment managing became a passion after deciding not to play football.
"Back in high school it really came to me," Peve said. "I played football in high school, and I could've played college somewhere but I kind of lost interest. I still wanted to be around the game, and equipment I truly believe is the closest you can be without actually playing. It's turned into a passion."
Equipment managing isn’t a typical nine-to-five job. Peve says it’s a job that varies.
"We do everything from practice laundry, getting guys' practice jerseys ready, helmets, cleats, shoes, shorts, workout gear, stuff like that, all the way to gameday where we do travel bags, making sure the guys have everything they need to perform their best on road games and at home. It just varies day in and day out."
Peve has plenty of experience at his job. His job experience ranges from interning with NFL teams, to working for the USA International Bowl and even working at the NFL Pro Bowl last year. His experience helps give Northwest an edge.
Head football coach Rich Wright says Peve’s presence on the team is unmatched across division 2.
"There are so many things that he does for this football program that nobody recognizes, I mean behind the scenes," Wright said. "He is so thoughtful about the little things, the details. The experiences that our players get, I don't know of another division 2 school in the country that will walk into a locker room, and have an entire locker room set up as if it were the Kansas City Chiefs. Our kids get that."
Tucker Peve is a part of the team. Though it may not be for on-field contributions, he makes his presence known. He says the best part about the job is the family atmosphere.
"Just getting to work with the guys on an everyday basis," Peve said, "from the training room to head coach Rich Wright, they're great people to work with; it's just a great family atmosphere."