Every football fan remembers that now infamous video of former Jets quarterback Joe Namath making a drunken pass at Suzy Kolber on live television during a game in 2003.
Namath claims in a new autobiography that he is happy that night happened to him, because it changed him forever.
“I saw it as a blessing in disguise,” Namath writes, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “I had embarrassed my friends and family and could not escape that feeling. I haven’t had a drink since.”
The hall of fame QB referred to alcohol as “slick” as he spent years resisting the urge to go back to it.
“Every now and then Slick whispers, but having a name for him makes me listen to him differently,” Namath writes. “And, health-wise, I’d probably be dead by now if I hadn’t stopped drinking.”
“The drinking was what would kick my butt for a long time,” Namath writes. “I believe any of us can be brought to our knees whether from physical or emotional pain. Over the years, I learned how fragile we humans can be. Emotionally, I used that as an excuse to start drinking again. . . . I would drink all day sometimes.”
Sometimes it takes something extremely drastic or embarrassing to happen for one to give up the bottle forever.
Hopefully, there is someone out there reading this story who will decided to give it up as well if they are a struggling alcoholic.