Blighted by a neck injury at a young age, sports superstar Jason Peter was forced to retire prematurely. In just a few short years, Peter's brilliant career was in ruins as he found himself consumed by painkillers, then crack and finally heroin. His addiction transformed him from a pumped-up athletic gladiator to a small, wispish shell of his former self.
In Millionaire Junkie, Peter tells of the lost days and nights spent prowling the streets of Manhattan, flying cross-country with high-class call girls and doing piles of heroin and cocaine. It is a visceral, ragged-edged story of true glory, self-destruction, addiction and, finally, redemption.
Jason Peter was an NFL first-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers, where he played for five years. He is now married and lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he co-hosts a radio programme for ESPN. Tony O'Neill is a poet and novelist, whose books include Digging the Vein and Songs from the Shooting Gallery. He lives in New York.
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