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Jason Peter
Defensive end
Jersey #(s)
Born September 13, 1974 (1974-09-13) (age 35)
Locust, New Jersey
Career information
Year(s) 19982001
NFL Draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
College Nebraska
Professional teams
Career stats
Tackles 83
Sacks 7.5
Interceptions 0
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • No notable achievements

Jason Michael Peter (born September 13, 1974) is a retired American football player. Peter was an All-American defensive tackle his senior year at the University of Nebraska and was taken in the first round (14th overall) by the Carolina Panthers in the 1998 NFL Draft. His career was shortened by a recurring and chronic neck stinger that forced him to retire after the 2001 season. Peter's older brother, Christian, also played in the NFL.

Peter grew up in the Locust, New Jersey section of Middletown Township, and played high school football at Middletown High School South in Middletown Township, New Jersey and at Milford Academy in Connecticut.[1]

He was a defensive line coach at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California and then defensive line coach at Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, California.

Jason was the co-host of The Spread, a local sports talk radio show on ESPN 1480 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He co-hosted the show with Jeff Wilkerson. The show was canceled in November of 2009. His book, Hero of the Underground: My Journey Down To Heroin & Back was published by St. Martin's Press. This memoir, which received outstanding reviews, chronicles Peter's addiction to heroin and cocaine, along with pain relievers and alcohol. Said Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight, "Hero of the Underground gives us a portrait of red-blooded jock as monster dope fiend. It's a savage, unsparing, eye-popping ride through the dark soul of big money, endless drugs, American manhood and our national past time -- self-destruction. Ex-Cornhusker Jason Peter writes like a soulful badass, and we're lucky he lived to tell the tale. Had Hunter Thompson been a football player, instead of a fan, this is the book he'd have written. Flat-out, mash-your-face-in-the-dirt amazing."

Jason is the middle child of three sons. The younger and lesser known brother is Damian, he signed a letter of intent to play football for Notre Dame but never played a down due to a swimming pool accident, which he came out of nearly paralyzed.


  1. ^ Ginley, Bill. "When the Cheers Aren't Enough", The New York Times, February 12, 2006. Accessed August 1, 2007. "Peter, who grew up in the Locust section of Middletown and played at Middletown South before moving on to the University of Nebraska and then to the Carolina Panthers, saw his life crumble."

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