Former Iowa State football star Brian Peavy helping provide medical masks in Ames

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Brian Peavy’s impact on the field for the Iowa State football program ended when he completed his final season with the Cyclones in 2018.

But Peavy’s presence is still being felt around the Ames community.

The former Iowa State star is helping local businesses throughout Ames by selling and donating medical masks during the COVID-19 crises.

“I kind of felt like that was my purpose and my service to use my platform to help spread the word on how we can assist our community,” Peavy said.

Peavy is a familiar face around Ames. During his college days at Iowa State, he was a star for the football team as a four-year starter. During his final season in 2018, Peavy tallied 57 tackles and led the team in pass breakups (eight) and forced fumbles (three). He went undrafted following his senior season but landed a non-drafted free agent opportunity with the Arizona Cardinals.

When the Cardinals cut Peavy, he started focusing his attention on his own business called Brand Peavy. The company, which has its own clothing line, also included a football camp Peavy is putting on. But one of its main ventures right now is helping others.

Peavy, who has an office in Ames, saw first-hand how the spread of the novel coronavirus was impacting local businesses including Flame N Skewer, a personal favorite of his. When the restaurant, like many others in Ames, had to temporarily shut their doors during the pandemic, Peavy worried about their future.

“Just to kind of (think) that it’s a possibility that they won’t be there after this pandemic is outrageous,” Peavy said.

So, Peavy put together a plan. His business acquired over 3,000 KN95 clinical masks. He then looked to partner with organizations and businesses that would need them. Peavy offered individuals a chance to buy the masks for themselves or to be donated to businesses. He said 50% of the profits will go to businesses, including Flame N Skewer. They won’t be the only ones.

“As we continue to grow and get the mission and vision out, we plan to actually have more and target specific healthcare facilities,” Peavy said.

Peavy said the project is still in the early stages but it’s already having an impact.

“It means a lot,” said Flame N Skewer general manager Mo Younis. “With all the costs that I have to go through right now with everything that’s going on, anything helps.”

Younis said he’s not surprised to see Peavy giving back to the community. The two got to know each other well during Peavy’s playing days when Younis would cater some of the football team’s meals. During those days, Peavy established himself as a leader on and off the field for the Cyclones.

He not only organized off-season workouts with his teammates, but also took part in a mission trip to Costa Rica. Peavy helped inspire Hy-Vee to provide a truck for fans to donate non-perishable items to help victims impacted by Hurricane Harvey in his home state of Texas.

“He’s been a sincere business-oriented kind of guy that tries to do the right things no matter what it is,” Younis said. “He’s been my ideal athlete, to be honest with you.”

Peavy hasn’t given up on his dream of playing in the NFL, either. He said he’s still training to hopefully get another opportunity. Peavy planned to work out at Iowa State’s Pro Day earlier this year before the event was canceled due to COVID-19. In the meantime, he’s mulling over possible options to play in the Canadian Football League. While he waits for his football future to unfold, he’s continuing his work back in Ames, which he said will always be a home to him.

“That’s something that family, the culture and the community kind of instilled in me is the loyal, forever true (aspect),” Peavy said. “Just being there for five years, I feel like that’s another home for me — my second home. To see them succeed is to see me succeed. That’s really my reward: To leave it better than I found it.”

Tommy Birch covers Iowa State athletics and the Iowa Cubs. Reach him at tbirch@dmreg.com or 515-284-8468.

Source: Des Moines Register