Former Patriots player to share in Marlborough story of struggle of despair and hope

Chris Sullivan

Marlborough – The public is invited to a presentation by former New England Patriots player Chris Sullivan on Monday, Jan. 27 at the 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School at 7 p.m. Sullivan will be sharing his story of he was an NFL football player from 1996-2002 with the New England Patriots and Pittsburg Steelers, playing in two Super Bowls with the Patriots. Although his outside appearance looked like he had it all together,  inwardly he suffering from anxiety and  depression for years. When he lost his identity as a football player after his first DUI,  he  immediately turned to substances to numb his feelings.  He chased his addiction to drugs and  alcohol as strongly as he chased professional football.   Drawing from his personal battle in life, he has now chosen to share his story with others about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. His audience leaves having learned many life skills that will help them to make good choices surrounding alcohol, drugs and coping with anxiety and depression. He also lets them know that it is the strong people, not the weak, that reach out and asks for help when they need it.

Fortunately, after years of suffering from  Substance Use Disorder, he reached out for help.  He  has now been sober since December 15, 2008 and shares his story nationally with students and  communities with hopes of helping others.

The event is sponsored by a grant from the Boys and Girls Club of MetroWest