Where are they now? Jon Peters

Published: Jun. 14, 2017 at 7:57 PM CDT
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In the winning history of Brenham Baseball, Jon Peters played a big part.

The Cubs were state champions while Peters played in 1986, 1987, and 1988.

"I was very blessed to have great friends, great teammates, great coaches," said Jon Peters.

Peters made headlines as he neared the national record for consecutive games won by a high school pitcher.

In April of his senior year, Peters won his 51st game to break the record, which landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

He was the first high school athlete to ever make the cover.

"It was an honor. I really did look at it like this is a lifetime opportunity and this very seldom happens," said Peters.

Peters finished his high school career with a 54-1 record and still holds the national record for most consecutive games won by a high school pitcher.

Peters says things weren't always as great as they seemed, though.

"The night before the record-breaking game, my girlfriend and I got in an argument and I was done with everything. I tried to kill myself that night. I didn't share that with anyone until about a year ago," said Peters.

While Peters signed to play college ball at Texas A&M, his career didn't work out like he'd hoped.

"I always looked forward to playing there, but it seems like every fall I got hurt. I would rehab my arm, then my shoulder would get weaker, then I would have an elbow problem. It was always something. Eventually, it just took its toll," explained Peters.

He went from having it all, to striking out in college baseball.

"There were many nights when I would say 'God, I don't want to wake up, please.' Thankfully, he didn't answer that prayer. So why I felt that way, I don't know. I really had it all," recalled Peters.

His need to be "perfect" meant loads of self-imposed pressure, and led him down a dark path.

"I was divorced. I was in the house all by myself. I was drinking vodka I was like, 'I'm done. I want to die.' It was the lowest I had ever been. I heard a voice inside my head, 'Jon, it's okay to tell somebody,' and I knew it was God," said Peters.

Jon reached out and got the help he needed.

"Since September 7th, 2010, I haven't had a drink. I went to rehab and that's when life started changing," said Peters.

Now, he shares shares the story of those tough times with others.

"That's been real rewarding to me because as I share with people, it seems like they share with me and then we connect, and that's what I love. If I can help others, then life is pretty good," said Peters.

He still loves watching baseball and gives private pitching lessons.

More than anything else though, he loves spending time with his two children, Kylie and Jake.

Life may have thrown Jon Peters a few curve balls, but his is a story of persistence paying off.

Peters is currently working in business development for an oil and gas company in Houston.

He's also been writing a book he plans to release in the fall called "When Life Grabs You by the Baseballs: Finding happiness in life's Changeups."