Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins says quitting alcohol changed his life



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tight end has shown tremendous talent on the football field, ever since college. And alcohol has been a regular part of Seferian-Jenkins’ football story, ever since college.

Seferian-Jenkins got help for his alcohol issues, going to rehab this offseason. He told ESPN.com on Tuesday that he has been sober for 129 days.

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After the season ended, he got help.

“Knowing you need help and you don’t go get it, that’s the worst thing,” Seferian-Jenkins told ESPN. “I was scared to get help. I was scared and embarrassed to tell people I have a problem.”

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According to ESPN, Seferian-Jenkins attended outpatient rehab four times a week. He told ESPN he has had a “transformation” since quitting drinking and it “really has changed my life.” He credited the Jets for supporting him as he got help.

The transformation is showing on the field so far. Jets media has talked about how Seferian-Jenkins is looking good during OTA sessions. He dropped the 25 extra pounds in the offseason. Although Seferian-Jenkins has just 713 yards in three NFL seasons, it’s not out of the question he could turn his career around. He came into the league with a lot of promise after a good career at the University of Washington, and is just 24 years old.

espn nfl pro bowl 2016 roster videos Jenkins still has time to establish himself as an NFL player. Recognizing he had a problem and seeking help has put him on a better path.