Jason Peter
No. 97
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1974-09-13) September 13, 1974 (age 49)
Locust, New Jersey, U.S.
Career information
High school:Middletown South
(Middletown, New Jersey)
NFL draft:1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:38
Games started:20
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jason Michael Peter (born September 13, 1974) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons. Peter was a consensus All-American at the University of Nebraska. He was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 1998 NFL draft.

Early years

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

College career

Peter attended the University of Nebraska, and played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team from 1994 to 1997. As a senior in 1997, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.

Collegiate statistics

Jason Peter Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Season Class GP Cmb Solo Ast TfL Sck Int Yds Lng TD PD FF FR Yds TD
1994 Fr 7 8 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
1995 So 12 33 11 22 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
1996 Jr 13 61 19 42 11.5 4.5 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 31 1
1997 Sr 13 67 28 39 15 7 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0
Career 45 169 60 109 31.5 11.5 0 0 0 0 10 4 1 31 1

Professional career

The Carolina Panthers selected Peter in the first round (fourteenth pick overall) of the 1998 NFL draft, and he played for the Panthers from 1998 to 2001.[2] His career was shortened by a recurring and chronic neck stinger that forced him to retire after the 2001 season.

Post-playing career

After ending his professional playing career, Peter 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.

Peter 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 2009 when the station changed formats. He was also the co-host of a morning radio on 1620 the zone in Omaha, Nebraska, called "Sharp and Peter in the Morning", which aired from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM Monday thru Friday.

Peter's book, Hero of the Underground: My Journey Down To Heroin & Back was published by St. Martin's Press. The memoir chronicles Peter's addiction to heroin and cocaine, along with pain relievers and alcohol.

Personal life

Peter is the middle child of three sons and one daughter. His younger brother, Damian, signed a letter of intent to play football for the University of Notre Dame but never played a down due to a swimming pool accident, which he came out of nearly paralyzed. Peter's older brother, Christian Peter, also played in the NFL.


  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."
  2. ^ "1998 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2023-03-29.