In a Facebook Live interview with BMF Life Stories former Scunthorpe United, Manchester City and Sheffield United English football player Tyrone Kirk says God put his life back together after his drug addiction led to him becoming homeless and even serving time in prison.
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“I lost everything, but as I look back now I know that needed it to happen for me to turn to Jesus,” explains Tyrone aged 37.
At the age of just 16 Tyrone had it all, when he became World Freestyle Football Champion.
As a result of this victory he was living the dream, enjoying lucrative freestyle football promotional tours with Nike around the world.
But while in his early 20s as he sought to re-establish his football career his father passed away. This trauma in his life tipped him over the edge, which led to a self-destructive addiction to crack cocaine. He lost everything including contact with his three children and he was even homeless for two years and eventually went to prison.
But the turning point in his life came when he went to a Christian run drug rehabilitation centre called Teen Challenge. He strongly believes his new-found Christian faith while there helped him to finally get clean from drugs and got him on the path to getting his life back again.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Peter Wooding