Ainge recounts his problems with drug abuseThe Jets’ backup quarterback, Erik Ainge has opened up about his abuse of alcohol, cocaine, and heroin.

Ainge told ESPN that he began using drugs at the age of 12 years and was a victim of multiple overdoses, drunk driving, extended stays in rehab, and relapses.


Ainge, 24, said he has been sober since July 17, which he says is his longest stretch of sobriety since he was 11.

The Jets drafted the former University of Tennessee star in 2008. Ainge was suspended for four games without pay that year for violating the league’s policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.

“I’m a drug addict,” Ainge said. “I was in denial for a long time, but that’s who I am.”