Former NFL star "Hollywood" Henderson shares addiction story in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - "Thirty-three years ago, I was where you are," Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson told a group of recovering addicts at the Privett Center on Thursday. "A doctor said to me, 'Thomas, anything is possible if you stay sober. Nothing is possible if you don't,'" he told the group.

Henderson was a first-round draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys. He spent seven years in the NFL, played in three Super Bowls and is a Super Bowl champion.

"I tell my friends, I had 1400 bad days. That's how long it took me to get to treatment, 1400 miserable days," he told WKYT's Miranda Combs.

Henderson now spends at least three days a week visiting addiction rehabs all over the country. "It saves my life. It's a reminder. Because when I'm sitting around these recovering people and somebody walks in wet, I get to see the bottom from the top," he explained.

Henderson is the keynote speaker at the Hope Center's annual "Night of Hope" at the Lexington Opera House Thursday at 7pm.

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