Good luck to Mount St. Joseph's John Peters, who will begin training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday, July 31. J.P. became the first Mount St. Joseph University football player to sign an NFL contract in May. He is currently featured on the cover of a Cincy Magazine publication on homegrown talent which you can see here.
“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 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.”
In the Cincy Magazine article, JP talks about his career at the Mount and another notable student at the Mount, Lauren Hill. "It's one of the things I've always said, never give up," Peters said in the article. "It was the most inspiring story I've ever seen in my life, and it just happened to be at my school. I met her; she was a great person, a fighter."
Click here for information on the Bengals training camp. GO JP!