Player Attempts NFL Comeback Following Bout with Game Addiction

Quinn Pitcock is a 299 pound defensive tackle from the Ohio State University who was drafted in the 3rd round by the Indianapolis Colts in 2007, but retired after just one season due to depression, which, he claims, eventually contributed to an addiction to videogames.

Pitcock is on the comeback trail though, attending training camp and hoping to catch on with the Seattle Seahawks. He told The News Tribune that back in 2008, he “was suffering from bouts of depression, and that he had used video games as an outlet.“

On the Seahawks website (thanks Kotaku), Pitcock explained what he did after walking away from the Colts, “I cast myself away from everybody and became almost a hermit. I ended up using video games as my out, I got sucked into that. I got lost to the world.”

To his credit, Pitcock hopes to eventually help others:

I’m actually going to start some kind of charity to help kids who are addicted to video games. I got to a point where I broke and burned many video games trying to quit. But that was my outing, so once I got rid of that and realized I could start eating healthy and exercising and do all that, I got back on track.

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    DJRBK says:

    There’s a certain amount of irony in that he’s going to play for Seattle, aka Microsoft’s home town. Hope there’s an away game the weekend of PAX Prime. Just sayin’…

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    Flamespeak says:

    I like how it is acknowledged that he had a bout of depression that led to game addiction instead of the video games just taking over his life suddenly and without any known reason.

    Good to see he is back on track though.

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    Kaeru says:

     Probably the same amount of hours that would qualify as an addiction to anyone else; i.e., playing games to the point that you’re neglecting other areas of your life.

    The fact that he’s a football player is pretty much irrelevant beyond being the reason he’s actually getting media attention.

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