(Born January 22, 1982) -- Few football players who aren’t drafted make an NFL roster. Even fewer end up as starters. Even fewer are Pro Bowlers. Jason Peters was the exception to many rules.
Peters was born in Texas and went to the University of Arkansas. He was a huge physical specimen (6-foot-4 and more than 300 pounds), but ended up playing tight end for the Razorbacks. He was good at it too.
Peters was signed by the Bills as a free agent in 2004. They first put him on special teams, and discovered that he absolutely destroyed wedges on kickoffs. Then the Bills gave him a crash course on playing offensive tackle.
By 2006, Peters was a starter on the line, and made the Pro Bowl in 2007. That led him to holding out for a better contract for part of the 2008 season. Peters eventually turned up, but more financial problems led to his trade to the Eagles in 2009.
Peters made the Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2011, but he ruptured his Achilles tendon during a workout last March. Peters missed all of the 2012 season. The Eagles obviously missed him.
--- Budd Bailey