We don’t usually hear about our sports heroes using drugs or drinking excessively until their careers founder or come crashing down. The lucky ones recover from addiction and often go on to work hard to save other people’s lives. The unluckiest ones lose everything.
As he wrote his final column for Sports Illustrated, sportswriter Peter King thanked the many people who taught him lessons and helped him over the years. He also revealed how two NFL players struggled with painkiller addiction.