|Born:||September 13, 1974|
Locust, New Jersey, U.S.
|High school:||Middletown South|
(Middletown, New Jersey)
|NFL Draft:||1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|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 college football All-American at the University of Nebraska. He was taken in the first round by the Carolina Panthers in the 1998 NFL Draft.
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.
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.
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. His career was shortened by a recurring and chronic neck stinger that forced him to retire after the 2001 season.
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.
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.