Former UT quarterback Erik Ainge admits to drug addiction

Now in the NFL, former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge opened up in a recent interview with that he has been a drug user since the age of 12.

The backup Jets quarterback has also revealed that he was "an addict" during his senior season at UT and that he ran through prescriptions so quickly that the team doctor had no choice but to stop giving them to him.

The 24-year-old said he has been sober since July, which he claims is the longest period of sobriety for him since he was 12.

Ainge tweeted Tuesday "I just want to say thanks for all the nice comments I have gotten about my article and that tennessee doctors didn't drive me to drugs I did!"

Ainge does remain on the New York Jets roster.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:17 PM
    Oh, so Fulmer and the rest of the Athletic dept looked the other way when one of their athletes was strung out? Look, Ainge was never that bright, and I doubt he did a decent job of hiding it. Oh, and thanks KPD for turning a blind eye when Ainge was driving around out of his mind. Great job.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    Sooo dont addict's get sick when they cant get thier pills...and the Dr. cut him off,soo he was playing strung out and sick and we let Phillip Fulmer go for that???and i heard other players were bad,which makes Fulmer look bad,not Fulmers fault we lost games


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