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The man to your left is Quinn Pitcock, a defensive lineman in camp this summer with the Seattle Seahawks.
What you may not know about Mr. Pitcock is that he once was an All-American defensive lineman at Ohio State.
The Colts selected Pitcock in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft but after one season, he decided to call it a career at 24.
His addiction to video games led to his retirement. Suffering from bouts of depression, Pitcock decided that video games were his best outlet as explained in an account to the Seattle Seahawks team website.
I had just gotten to a point in my life where I was down and just made some rash decisions of quitting. I cast myself away from everybody and became almost a hermit. I was a hermit for a year. No one knew where I was at. I just stayed in my apartment and did nothing. I ended up using video games as my out, I got sucked into that. I got lost to the world.
Now, Pitcock is trying to regain order in his life after being signed by the Seahawks. He is also looking to give back by ultimately starting a charitable organization to help those with video game addiction.
It is the rarest of reasons to leave the NFL but kudos to him for trying to turn a negative into a positive.
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