Class of 1993

Christian Peter

HometownLocust, NJ
High schoolMiddletown South

Despite numerous run-ins with the law, Christian Peter was able to contribute to back-to-back Nebraska national championship teams. He even got in six NFL seasons.

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle out of Locust, New Jersey, had his best season as a first-year Husker starter in 1994. He was second on the team in tackles with 71 (32 solo). Peter led the team in tackles for loss with 14 for 45 yards and also led the team in sacks with seven for 31 yards lost.

As a senior, Christian Peter started on the D-line with his younger brother Jason, and they celebrated a second straight national title.

Christian Peter was fifth on that 1995 team with 46 total tackles. He had five tackles for 27 yards lost, including two sacks for minus 15 yards. He also forced two fumbles and had nine quarterback hurries to earn first-team All-Big Eight and honorable mention All-America honors.

Peter was chosen by the Patriots in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL draft. But a month earlier, he had been arrested for the eighth time in seven years, this time for an incident in a Kearney, Nebraska, bar.

After learning more about Peter’s history, the Patriots relinquished the rights to Christian only a week after the draft. As a result of the backlash, Peter was unable to catch on with another NFL team for the 1996 season. The Giants signed him in 1997 as a free agent, on condition that he go through counseling for alcohol abuse, attention deficit disorder and anger management.

He went on to play four seasons with the Giants, and one each with the Colts and Bears.

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