Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 11/18/13
NFL free agent Tom Zbikowski has played approximately 64 games in his NFL career and he admitted that he played at least a dozen of them with a "massive hangover." And that doesn't even count the games he played hungover in college while at Notre Dame.From the Chicago Tribune:“Get a little messed up, sneak a girl into your room, feel on top of the world," he said. "I had some of my best games off of benders — some of my worst too. My two best seasons ever were 2005 (at Notre Dame) and 2009 (in Baltimore) when I was the most out of control drinking, so I thought, hey, maybe I should go back to that.’’Zbikowski, who has played for the Ravens, Colts, and Bears, also said he lost interest in football, which is why he is now training to become a firefighter in Chicago.“No, not really,” he told Haugh when asked if his heart was in the game. “It hasn’t been for awhile. Football got old to me. … I enjoyed my first two years in the NFL because it was a challenge. I was playing with the best. But after awhile you don’t care whether you win or lose because you’re still getting a paycheck. I enjoyed high school and college much more.”Ah, refreshing honesty. It's so hard to come by these days."I’ll have 10 times the stories as a fireman I did as a football player,” he concluded. “And at least I can tell these to women and children.”
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