Now in the NFL, former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge opened up in a recent interview with espnnewyork.com 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.
For the complete Erik Ainge drug addiction story, go to http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/columns/story?columnist=cimini_rich&id=6267822