Former NBA player Chris Herren visited Taylor County on April 11 to share his story with kids about his sports career and chronic drug abuse. The 1994 McDonald’s All American told the children about how horrible substance use can be, especially if you have a lot of good things going for you in your life. The talk was both informative and personal to the youngsters, as they were able to get the perspective from someone who had it all.
Herren was a basketball star during his college years at Boston College, but he failed a couple drug tests and transferred to Fresno State. His fresh start was going well for the most part until the Gatorade Player of the Year failed yet another drug test and was sent to rehabilitation for four weeks before he could return to the team. After graduating he was selected as the 33rd overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 1999 NBA Draft. He spent the next two years with the Denver and Boston teams before going overseas to pursue a basketball career in a number of countries like China, Turkey, Italy, Poland, and Iran.
In 2004, Herren got the wake-up call of his lifetime as he nearly killed himself in a car accident after using some crystal meth and then driving into a utility pole. The paramedics actually pronounced him dead for 30 seconds, but he came back to life and got a whole new perspective on his behavior. This experience with drugs and how it almost ruined his life has made him a changed man, and he travels around the country to share his story. The kids in Taylor County were some of those who got to hear him speak, and hopefully it will help them make better decisions in the future.
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Watch Chris Herren Speaking with Jim Rome: