“It was all false,” Langhorne said. “It’s so hard to look people in the eyes and lie.”

The truth? Langhorne was having a career year on the field and spiraling into alcoholism off it. He said a DUI triggered extra random tests from the NFL. He failed a league drug test, which was going to lead to a four-game suspension in 1994. He was disappointed in himself and embarrassed. And he had another reason to not want the suspension to become widespread news.

“I didn’t want my mom to know,” Langhorne said. “If this got out, my mom would be somewhat shamed.”

So he walked away, fearing the shame from his family and small hometown. And for two decades, there were two constants in Langhorne’s life: drinking and lying about why he left the NFL.

Langhorne says he has been sober for more than six years. 

Nice redemption story. 

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