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Ainge isn’t sure what’s ahead for him in the immediate future, other than staying sober _ he still attends meetings five or six times a week _ and getting completely healthy. For now, he’ll walk away from football with no regrets.

“Being in the NFL was amazing, one of the best experiences of my life,” he said. “Playing for the Jets was so much fun, the coaches are amazing and the players, I made friendships that will last the rest of my life. Tennessee was probably the four best years of my life with all the people I met there and playing for Coach Fulmer. I’ve had a lot of fun playing football and was truly lucky to have the opportunity to do so.”