Erin Henderson says he is grateful for being arrested because it has put him on the road to recovery.
The linebacker was cut by the Minnesota Vikings after he was arrested on separate occasions for driving under the influence and drug charges. He then checked into a rehabilitation facility.
The 27-year-old may face an uncertain future in the NFL, but he says that he's glad the arrests happened - because they may just have saved him from himself.
"There would be times where I would come to practice hung over," he told USA Today's Tom Pelissero on Tuesday.
"Never just fresh off of drinking coming into practice. But I might have had a rough night the night before, and I'd be in front of the huddle calling plays. And everybody would know that I had been out drinking the night before.
"Of course, that affects the ability to go out there and perform and be the best that you can be. But I'd been doing it for so long and it's something that I had gotten used to."
Henderson started 33 games for the Vikings over the past three seasons and could prove to be a vital addition for another team.
However he is well aware that he has to convince any prospective new employers that he's worth taking a risk over.
First and foremost however he's looking forward to a change of scenery having been with the Vikings since 2008.
"For me, it's nothing different than when I came out here to the Vikings as an undrafted free agent," he said.
"Once I get on to a team and get on to a roster, I trust myself and believe myself. It's just a matter of somebody going out on a limb and trusting me."
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