John Peters became the first Mount St. Joseph University football player to sign a NFL contract on Sunday.
“J.P. has worked extremely hard for this opportunity,” said Rod Huber, head football coach for the Mount. “Getting a chance to play in the NFL was a goal he set several years ago. He is 6-foot-8 which makes him a great target at the tight end position for any NFL team but being a member of the Cincinnati Bengals would be a dream come true.”
Peters, who took off spring semester from studying for his degree in sport management to train, worked with Dan Yost, Mount assistant professor of sport management who is not just his advisor, but also an attorney and sports agent.
“J.P. understands the business of sports and the training that was involved with it,” said Yost. “A lot of other students in different majors may not have the same insight. J.P. knows what it’s going to take to get to the next level. He’s motivated and being a sport management major has really kept him grounded.”
Yost helped Peters find a training facility that would get him ready for the NFL Combine, but Peters suffered an injury so he didn’t get a chance for scouts to see him play. Peters was able to get a local tryout with the Bengals’ Rookie Mini-Camp, and the result was a signed contract.
“He really impressed the Bengals’ coaches,” said Yost. “He really worked hard and I’m really excited for him that he’s accomplishing his dreams.”
Peters, who Yost describes as a very diligent student, will be doing workouts and organized training activities with the Bengals. He’ll start training camp in July and will find out after camp if he made the team.
“He’s the first Lion to sign a NFL contact,” said Huber. “We’re all very proud of him.”