NFL Linebacker Tackles Substance Abuse Through SA

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John Corker with daughter, Alexis. Photo Credit: Ron Jenkins/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, via Associated Press

At 6’7 and 280 pounds, it’s difficult to imagine past NFL linebacker John Corker as “weak”. But for years, the one-time Green bay Packer was dominated by his own dependence on drugs all the while playing defense for various teams.

“I was probably smoking $1,200 a day and playing pro football at the same time,” he said. “How my heart didn’t burst, I can’t tell you that.”

After several years of cocaine use, Corker hit rock bottom in the mid-2000s when he wandered into The Salvation Army in Fort Worth, TX homeless and hungry following a drug binge. He weighed a mere 185 pounds.

Committing himself to The Salvation Army’s self-improvement programs, substance rehabilitation and spiritual guidance, Corker regained his life, health and happiness. He now gives back by volunteering, serving on The Salvation Army’s advisory council and frequently sharing his story with other organizations and schools.

“I look back over my life now and say I’ve really been blessed,” he said.

Read the full article, “From N.F.L. to Despair and Then Redemption” from the New York Times.

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