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Ex-Vikings Linebacker

THANK GOD I WAS ARRESTED

My Using Was Out of Control

4/8/2014 12:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0408_erin_henderson_getty2Former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson says he "cannot be more grateful" that he was arrested for DUI 2-times in less than a month ... telling TMZ Sports it forced him to get the help he needed.

Henderson -- who was cut by the Vikings in February right after the 2 arrests -- just finished a stint in a rehab facility ... where he says he realized he had a bad substance abuse problem that had taken over his life. 

"I was arrested and spent almost 24 hours in a holding cell and had nothing but time to think about the path my life was heading down. That night I had a vision of my future and knew I had to do something to better it."

Henderson says hours after he was released from jail, he checked into rehab -- and during his stint, he says he received incredible support from fellow patients and a Vikings teammate who visited him at the treatment center. 

Erin says he will continue to pursue a career in the NFL -- but notes "the most important thing to me right now is maintaining my sobriety."

Henderson notes, "Sober Erin's light shines 100 times greater than 'using' Erin ever could."

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Mr Barcliff    

WOW, NO COMMENTS HERE ON THIS PAGE? I GUESS A POSITIVE STORY HAS NO APPEAL. GLAD TO SEE THIS YOUNG MAN FINALLY GOT IT AND HES AN EXAMPLE FOR THOSE WHO DONT. HE SAW HIS BEING ARRESTED AS A BLESSING AND IT SAVED HIS LIFE 1ST AND FOREMOST AND THE CHERRY ON THE TOP IS IT SAVED HIS NFL CAREER. HES A VERY GOOD NFL PLAYER WHO IF SOBER CAN BE 100%, SO THAT MEANS THIS GUY WAS REALLY GOOD, WE WILL SEE HIS BEST IN 2014 WITH SOME TEAM. CONGRATS ERIN. HENDERSON!!!!! LGNM

108 days ago
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lourdgoogoo    

I hope he is able to maintain his sobriety, so many fail.

108 days ago
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LOVEMYVIKES    

YOU ARE AMAZING ~ MY LOVE AND SUPPORT. YOU WERE A BEAST ON THE FIELD ANY TEAM WOULD BE LUCKY TO HAVE YOU !!!! SO, HAPPY YOU ARE TAKING THE STEPS NEEDED TO CONTINUE TO BE A GREAT PLAYER ON AND OFF THE FIELD. MANY PLAYERS STRUGGLE WITH DRINKING AND YOUR STORY WILL BE A GREAT EXAMPLE OF NOT TAKING ANYTHING FOR GRANTED. BEST OF LUCK AND GOOD HEALTH TO YOU !

107 days ago

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