Former Nebraska defensive end and NFL washout Jason Peter won't be jumping on the "Lou Holtz for prethident!" bandwagon anytime soon, holding as he does a lingering grudge toward the befuddled lisping former coach for the way he treated one of Peter's brothers when he was a recruit for Notre Dame.
Damian Peter, a 6-foot-7, 300-plus pound offensive lineman from Middletown, N.J., was a member of Notre Dame's February, 1994 recruiting class. That summer, however, Peter was seriously injured in a swimming pool accident, breaking the C5 vertebrae in his neck. For several days, doctors feared he might never walk again.
According to Jason Peter, the author of "Hero of the Underground," Holtz did not call Damian or establish contact during the course of that summer.
"I still wouldn't turn down the opportunity to spit in Lou Holtz's (bleeping) face," Peter writes in the book, which hit bookshelves on July 8. "Each Saturday in the fall when Holtz makes his jovial, dumb … remarks on ESPN, I hope he knows that there's at least one family on the other side of the screen, the Peter family, that knows what a — — — he really is."
I'm guessing "doddering old coot" isn't what's being elided over in that sentence, because every family in America is aware of that by now. Perhaps "Betty White impersonator"? But how would only his family know that?Such deviants, those Peters.