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Buccaneers Running Back Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return

“I was there long enough. I was there to point where I’m strong now,” Doug Martin said Thursday. “Mentally strong and physically strong.”

Martin would not talk about the drug he abused, nor identified the rehab facility he entered in January.

“But one thing the Bucs running back seemed eager to share was that his substance-abuse problem, which earned him a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, is a thing of the past.”

When Martin is healthy, he is one of the league’s best backs.

“A year ago, he signed a five-year, $35.75 million contract. No wonder he felt as invincible off the field as he had been on it.”

Last season, Martin sustained a hamstring strain during a game against the Cardinals. Following the strain, he aggrieved the injury during workouts.

“Then on Christmas Eve, coach Dirk Koetter, perhaps recognizing Martin had more important things to worry about than football, made him inactive in a critical game the Bucs lost at New Orleans.”

The following week Martin was suspended and announced he was checking into rehab.

“It was a journey these past few months. You know, with the statement and I had to get help. It was a journey of self-development. I learned a lot about myself. I’ve had the support of my family, my friends and teammates all around, and I’m happy to be back here.”

Martin appears to be in great shape, however many understand that recovering from drug or alcohol addicting is a day to day struggle.

When asked what he would like fans to know, Martin replied, “That I’m a stronger person individually, mentally and physically,” Martin said. “You know, better on and off the field.”

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