Dexter Manley, former Defensive End for the Washington Redskins, is in town this week at the National Sports Collections Convention. He called into The Norris and Davis Show to talk about his life, in the NFL and after the NFL.
In 1991, Manley was banned from the NFL for drug use, and he talked about how he has cleaned up his life since then.
“I made it through the storm. I get a chance to draw the line in the sand and change my life. As a matter of fact I’m coming up on seven years clean from mood-altering chemicals, and my life couldn’t be better,” he said.
Manley spent time in jail, and at one point was homeless, but he said he is thankful for making it through the difficult times.
“I went through what I went through, and I wouldn’t want that for anybody. I made a lot of bad choices during my professional days. I’m just glad I made it. There are all a lot of guys that probably didn’t make it; their not here today to tell their story,” he said.
Manley is apart of the former players’ suit against the NFL, accusing the NFL of hiding the harms of concussions from them. Manley said he has felt effects from the hits he took over his career.
“I know that I had a twelve-and-a-half hour brain surgery about six years ago, and I think that was a result of the pounding,” he said.
Manley was a two-time Super Bowl Champion with the Washington Redskins, and his currently in their Ring of Fame.