Earlier this week, ESPN.com published an article about former UT Vols quarterback and current NY Jet Erik Ainge. He admitted to extreme substance abuse dating back to when he was 12 years old, when he began a lifestyle that led to addictions to heroin, cocaine, alcohol, and painkillers.
He spent 12 years on hard drugs and has only been able to overcome his addictions for the last 8 months, over which time he has moved in with family members and entered recovery programs. However, I don’t want to take this space to talk about his drug addiction. I really want to key in on the headline that got my attention in the first place. The headline was a simple quote from Ainge – “If I didn’t get help, I would have died.”