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Donations stolen from FedEx package meant for Iroquois H.S. football team

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville high school football team got a big boost from the NFL, then took a big hit.

The Iroquois Raiders is trying to recover from an 0-2 start. Head Coach Christopher Peters teaches his players to work hard, play hard and never accept defeat. But the scoreboard isn't the only thing that's created difficulties for the players. In recent days, the team suffered a loss without even touching the football.

It is a rebuilding year for the Iroquois High School football team.

"We're 0-2 so far," Peters said. "That's deceiving. We were a lot better in the second game."

Peters teaches his players that there are no excuses.

"That's always been the team motto for everywhere I've been," Peters said.

He also teaches them to learn from their losses.

"We can show them and they can see that, 'Hey, we are one play away right here,'" Peters said.

But this week, the Raiders took a loss that was out of their control.

"My brother has been the most supportive guy," Peters said.

The coach's brother is Corey Peters, with the Arizona Cardinals. He is at training camp and recently shared some pictures and video of the Raiders doing community service work.

"So he's watching the video and some of his teammates kind of walk by and say, 'Hey, you know what are you looking at?' He says, 'Well, this is my brother's team, they're out doing some stuff in the community,'" Peters said.

That led to a collection and a letter from some of the NFL players.

"They got to about $2,200 and he took the money to the offices where they mail out all of the packages and asked them to send us the package," Peters said.

The envelope came on Monday, but after signing for the package, Peters says his wife noticed something was missing.

"As soon as she gets it, she notices that the side has been cut and all of the money and the letter from their team to ours was stolen," Peters said.

Peters went to FedEx but so far, it's still a loss.

"The tone that I got on the phone was pretty much, 'You're not supposed to send cash, we're probably not going to be able to find out anything,'" Peters said.

Surprisingly, Coach Peters does not encourage his players to pursue the NFL, but he does want them to go to college, and that's why this loss hurts more than others.

"That money was meant to set up a college trip for the kids on this team and one of our biggest goals is to get those kids into college," Peters said.

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