McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


October 2, 2013

Josh Peckio lives for contact



When he’s not playing football, Peckio still tries to find a way to improve his game, working out or watching video. He also spends a lot of time with his youth group at First Baptist Church in McAlester.

Though he didn’t go to church often as a young boy, Peckio said he started going in the eighth grade, when youth minister Brad Millsap invited him. Millsap left a big enough impression on Peckio that Peckio someday wants to be a youth or children’s minister himself.

“They’ve kept me out of a lot trouble,” Peckio said of FBC McAlester. “Football has too, kept me out of a lot of trouble, but my youth minister Brad, because my father hasn’t been around, he’s been kind of my father. Since I met him, he’s always there when I needed him.”

Peckio said he’d also like to continue playing football in college. Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee is Peckio’s top choice, and even if he can’t earn a football scholarship, Peckio said he’ll likely try to walk on to the football team at whichever college he attends.

Peckio’s taken some damage playing football, but that just keeps him coming back for more. And no matter the pain, Peckio just loves the contact too much to walk away.

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