Nomination Date: 07/02/2019
Peter Dyakowski first arrived in Hamilton after being selected by the Tiger-Cats in the 2006 CFL draft. The Vancouver native quickly fell in love with his adopted city and chose to set down roots.
Over his 10 years and 160 games with the Ticats, Peter enjoyed career stability uncommon in professional sports. He took advantage of that stability to invest in Hamilton, building a successful small business, and started a family. Peter is married to Rachel and together they have two young daughters, Louise (2) and Helena (4 months). Peter also gave back to the community whenever the opportunity presented itself by volunteering with fundraisers and non-profit community initiatives, becoming a leader in the Tiger-Cats community outreach program. Hamilton had become his home.
Peter is a 2nd generation Polish-Canadian, a hard worker, and a team player who has earned the respect of Hamilton fans and his fellow professional athletes. Over the course of his football career, he has earned many unique distinctions.
Peter was the first ever Canadian football player to receive a full scholarship at Louisiana State University, where he won the NCAA National Championship under storied Coach Nick Saban. His subsequent career has taken him from White House receptions to sub-zero Grey Cups with starring roles on TV programs like CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person and Jeopardy! along the way.
Developing into one of the league’s premier offensive guards, in 2011 he was the Tiger-Cats’ nominee for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award and the following year Peter was named a CFL Eastern Division All Star. In back-to-back seasons in 2012 and 2013, Peter was voted by the league’s defensive linemen and coaches to the CFLPA All Star Team.
Over the course of his impressive 11 year CFL career, Peter has dedicated much of his time to his role on the CFL Players’ Association. In his current position as CFLPA Treasurer, Peter is no stranger to collective bargaining, group benefits, and employee workplace and financial concerns. In his role with the players union he helps fellow players navigate employment issues and disputes. On more than a few occasions over his career, Peter put his job on the line to stand up for the rights of his teammates.
While he played his 11th and final football season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, there was never any doubt that Peter would be back. True to his heart, Peter came back and in November of 2018 signed his formal retirement papers with the Tiger-Cats, closing the book on a remarkable 180-game CFL career.
Now he is embarking upon a new challenge with the goal of giving back to Hamilton, the city which has given him so much. From his football career, to his business, and his young family, Peter gives all the credit for his good fortune to the People and City of Hamilton. When he is elected, Peter will ensure that Canada’s 9th-largest city is heard and respected on the national stage. Peter will also work within the Conservative Party in Canada’s Parliament to bring good jobs and long term investments back to Hamilton. Hamilton families deserve to be able to see their kids stay in the city and find stable, rewarding careers here.