A transfer from Peninsula Junior College in Monterrey, California, Pete O'Brien spent the 1978 and 1979 seasons with the Huskers. During his sophomore season, his first at Nebraska, O'Brien batted .333 to go along with a .982 fielding percentage at first base, which earned him honorable mention All-Big Eight honors.
In his junior campaign, O'Brien hit for a .319 average and led the team in doubles (15), triples (7) and RBIs (65). His play on the field awarded him first-team All-Big Eight honors for his final season with the Huskers. O'Brien finished his time at Nebraska with a career batting average of .325 with 108 hits, 87 RBIs, 11 triples and eight home runs.
O'Brien, a native of Pebble Beach, California, called it quits in 1993 after a stellar 12-year Major League career. O'Brien spent the first seven years of his career with the Texas Rangers. He then played with the Cleveland Indians for a season and spent the final four years of his career as a member of the Seattle Mariners. O'Brien was called up to the Rangers in late 1982 and never spent another day in the minor leagues. He finished his career with a .261 average and hit 169 home runs. He had 1,421 hits, 736 RBIs and 654 runs scored in his Major League career. His best season came with the Rangers in 1986, when he had 160 hits, 23 home runs and 88 RBIs.