2018 Recruiting Team

Tony Softli

Director of College Recruiting

Tony Softli has now led the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Recruiting Department for the past six years. The former 11-year NFL front office executive evaluated both professional and collegiate athletes for more than 15 years while organizing and managing the entire personnel process from training camp to the NFL Draft. He is currently an NFL Analyst on Sports Radio 950 KJR – Seattle, host of 13th Man Show, member of Pro Football Writers of America and a voting member of Maxwell Awards.

Todd Worly

College Recruiter

Todd Worly is in his first year as a scout with the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, where he covers schools in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. In addition to his role with the NFLPA, he is also in his second year as Midwest Regional Scout for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. Prior to joining the Roughriders, he was the Director of Player Personnel and Football Administration for the Jacksonville Sharks (formerly of the Arena Football League), helping the Sharks win the American Conference Championship and earn a spot in the ArenaBowl in 2015. Previously, Worly was a Recruiting Analyst and Publisher for 247Sports for three years.

Pete Russell

College Recruiter

Pete Russell is a former long-time NFL scout. He worked for several teams and was an integral part in scouting players for championship teams at both the NCAA and the NFL. Russell has a wide range of athletic experience, as he also coached at the college level and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) and played in their farm system for four seasons. Russell, a graduate of the University of Arizona, most recently has been on staff making the NFL Regional Combines a national success.

Darius Turner

Intern Scout

Darius Turner is a former NFL player who played his college football at the University of Washington. He is married with two daughters who are 8 and 13 years old. He currently lives in Sacramento, where he runs an insurance agency and a trucking company.

John Peterson

College Recruiter

John Peterson in his second season with the NFLPA Recruiting department and handles the Southwest region of the United States. He brings 43 years of professional football experience -- 18 in coaching and 25 in scouting and the front office. He worked for the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks and was named co-recipient of the C.O. Bracato NFL Scout of the Year in 2010. Prior to working in the NFL, Peterson spent four years in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and two years working in the NFL’s World League of American Football. Peterson held the position of head coach for 11 of his 18 years of coaching experience. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, he earned his master’s from Michigan State and a Ph.D from the University of Utah. Peterson is married and has six children.