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Jason Peter’s performance counted heavily toward three Nebraska national championships. His biggest battles, though, came off the field.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder from Locust, New Jersey, played in four bowl wins. He started his career experiencing two national titles with older brother Christian, also a defensive tackle.
Jason Peter got into seven games as a redshirt freshman in 1994, including the Orange Bowl victory over Miami. He started on the D-line with his brother the following season, contributing 30 tackles and seven quarterback hurries.
Jason blossomed into a first-team All-Big 12 player in 1996 with 58 tackles and 17 quarterback hurries. He returned a fumble 31 yards for a touchdown in an Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.
Peter helped the Huskers to a share of the 1997 national championship with an All-America senior season. He had 60 tackles, including 15 for loss and seven sacks, plus 22 quarterback hurries.
Drafted in the first round by Carolina in 1998, Peter played four NFL seasons with the Panthers before neck problems ended his career. He later served as an assistant football coach at two California high schools and did sports talk radio in Lincoln and Omaha. His book "Hero of the Underground: My Journey Down to Heroin & Back" chronicled his addiction to drugs and alcohol.
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