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July 20, 2008

5th and 1

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Skrzat @ 2:13 pm

So I’ve recently finished Jason Peter’s book, “The Hero of the Underground” and I must say it was a very interesting read. Aside from a few grammatical errors and some rough plot shifts, the book offers a captivating story into the life of a former football player and junkie.

For those of you who may or may not know, Jason Peter’s is a Jersey boy, born and bred, along with his brothers Christian, who played for the New York Giants, until recently, and younger brother Damian, who was recruited by Notre Dame but suffered a cracked spinal chord which ended his football career when he was only 18.

Both Jason and elder brother Christian received full rides to the University of Nebraska. Christian graduated a year prior to the story’s narrator. During Christian’s senior year,1996, Nebraska lost their bowl hopes when the team was defeated by Texas in the final game of the season.

This left Jason, the team’s defensive captain in the 1997 season, with a feeling of unfinished business. He utilized this passion and led Nebraska to an undefeated season and to be eventual victors over the University of Tennessee in Payton Manning’s final season.

From here Peter was drafted 14th overall and began an injury plagued career with the Carolina Panthers in which he was introduced to pain killers. The problems began when star struck doctors would issue large amounts of any type of drug for a simple John Hancock. Without any knowledge in the late nineties of how addictive Vicodin and other equal drugs can be, Peter quickly begins abusing the substances and was soon up to “60 to 80 pills a day, each handful chased with a swig of vodka.”

From here is where Peter’s life starts to spiral out of control. After several neck and shoulder surgeries, he was released by the Carolina Panthers, and began doing cocaine, GHB and marijuana, added on to his drinking and pain killer addictions to fill the void in his life.

Eventually, Peter’s family convinces him to try his first stint in rehab at Sierra Tuscon in Arizona. This is a facility which the former college stud quotes that the doctors “take a cookie-cutter view of addiction,” that basically all addicts “are the same.” Keeping in mind that an addict could be anyone from the “painkiller-addicted professional athlete, the crack-smoking gang kid, and the shoplifting heroin addict,” Peter frustratedly states that “the whole concept is [b.s.].”

From here Jason Peter has stints in Utah, Pennsylvania, and twice in California to get clean, all peppered with relapses in Vegas, Utah, Los Angeles, and many other cities.His road is a long one, at times frustrating, and makes the reader want to go to Peter’s door, grab his throat, and yell until he/she is blue in the face. 

However, even as Peter’s family falls apart because of his eventual usage of free-base cocaine combined with heroine, the reader still wants him to succeed.

For this reason alone, I recommend the book. It may not be the best written, or the smoothest flowing, or anything close. But it is a powerful one. It’s a book which will take the reader into the mind of an addict, a junkie, a screw up, and cause him or her to get into Peter’s corner and push him through his issues, the same way his own family did for so long.

Though the language occasionally takes away from what is written, and the choppiness is slightly humorous at the lighter parts, I still give “The Hero of the Underground” by Jason Peter a B. Check it out sometime. It will affect you in some way.

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