Quinn Pitcock was an All-American at Ohio State University who eventually got drafted in the third round by the Indianapolis Colts. Then in 2008 at the ripe age of 24, he quit the sport for reasons unknown to teammates and those close to him. Recently, Pitcock opened up to the Tacoma News-Tribune and revealed that the reason he abruptly ended his professional career was because of a video game addiction he developed upon joining the league.
Pitcock made the fascinating admission today at the Seattle Seahawks’ training camp, where he hopes to rejuvenate his professional career after overcoming his demons. According to Pitcock, his ultimate spiral out of control came as a result of depression, and he ended up using the video games as a way of escaping his hectic, pressure-filled real life.
"I just stayed in my apartment and did nothing," Pitcock told the paper. "I ended up using video games as my out, I got sucked into that. I got lost to the world."
Rather than try to earn pity, the defensive tackle is trying to gain back the respect of his peers, fans and loved ones by proving that he can be an NFL-caliber talent.
"I think some guys don't know my story, they just thought I got released by Indy," Pitcock said. "And that's fine. I'm not trying to make it a big deal. I left quietly and I'd like to come in quietly and just show what I can accomplish with the team."
Nevertheless, Pitcock intends to help others face the problems that he had to overcome alone. He plans to soon launch a charitable organization to benefit those children who are addicted to games.
"I got to a point where I broke and burned many video games trying to quit," he said. "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."
Many will skim past this story and not pay it the attention it deserves. In the increasingly techno-friendly society that we’re living in, kids and adults are exposed to more video games, social networks and other various media forms than ever before. These things can be addictive, and Pitcock’s story shows just how addictive they can be.