Sober for seven months, Austin Seferian-Jenkins has never felt so good

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for drunk driving once in college at Washington, and again last year while playing for the Buccaneers. That second arrest got him cut, and suspended for the first two games of this season.

Now with the Jets, Seferian-Jenkins said he’s had a wakeup call and has been sober for seven months, and he says giving up alcohol has changed his life.

“I’ve never felt as good as I do today,” Seferian-Jenkins writes in the New York Daily News. “When I wake up, I’m excited to go play football and excited to get in the meetings. I’m excited to see my friends. I’m excited to see my teammates. I’m excited to see my coaches. I’m excited to practice. I’m excited for life.”

Seferian-Jenkins says giving up alcohol has been such a lifestyle change that he’s lost 33 pounds and now feels energized about working out and getting ready for the season.

“You start changing your lifestyle and you don’t want to drink,” he writes. “You want to get healthy. I didn’t know what to do with all this free time. I’ll do hot Pilates. I’ll run. I’ll do an extra workout. I’ll go hiking. I’ll go walking around the mall. You got a lot of time in the day. I’d get two or three workouts done by 3 p.m. So, what do I now? I might as well work out again.”

After he serves his suspension, Seferian-Jenkins says he’ll be more ready to go than ever before.

18 responses to “Sober for seven months, Austin Seferian-Jenkins has never felt so good

  1. Here’s to him. Josh Gordon, Johnny Goofball, James Blackmon, et al could learn a lot from this guy.

  2. I wish him the best. I know alcoholics, recovered and not, and the strength that it takes to quit is incredible, not to mention what it takes to stay the course.

  3. Even though he’s now a member of the organization who’s name shall not be spoken, I wish him the best on his ongoing personal success in exercising his personal demons
    Go Pats!!!!

  4. >”4512dawg4512 says:
    August 18, 2017 at 9:34 am
    Proud of him, I’m struggling with it right now. That article gave me hope”

    One day at a time, man. Hang in there. Hope both you and Austin can best your demons.

  5. doctorrustbelt says:
    99.9% of alcoholics are annoying.

    100% of people bashing people who are trying to improve their lives are beyond annoying

  6. doctorrustbelt says:

    August 18, 2017 at 10:34 am

    99.9% of alcoholics are annoying
    People like you are the kind of folks who just don’t get it…….I hope your ready when your judgment comes calling Mr. Perfect

  7. doctorrustbelt says:

    August 18, 2017 at 10:34 am

    99.9% of alcoholics are annoying

    man you just don’t get it……. God Bless this kid for trying.

  8. What many others have said, best of luck to this young man. I hope he stays the course and is successful in fighting his addiction.
    Eagles Fan, football fan, people fan.

  9. We’re all so quick to support this former alcoholic bettering himself, but players who’ve been leading clean lifestyles their whole lives get criticized for trying to better the society in which we all live.

    Good work ASJ.
    Shame on the hypocrites.

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