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A Big League Problem Paves Way to Salvation

An all-star Major League Baseball career is interrupted by injuries leading Glenn Wilson to unwittingly become addicted to the drug prescribed for the pain. Read Transcript


Reporter: MAJOR LEAGUE

BEEN'S GLEN WILSON HAD A

FLARE FOR THE DRAMATIC, AND

THE FANS LOVED HIM FOR IT.

Announcer: FROM THE

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES, GLEN

WILSON!

I TELL PEOPLE ALL THE

TIME, THE ONLY REASON I

PLAYED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

IS I JUST WANTED ATTENTION.

Reporter: HE IS BEST

KNOWN FOR HIS REMARKABLE

PLAYS FROM RIGHT FIELD.

I FELT THAT I WOULD

ALWAYS BE ONE OF THE BEST IN

THE WORLD.

Reporter: AT TIMES, HE

WAS ALSO CALLED UPON TO

PITCH.

HAVING THAT ARM AND BEING

ABLE TO THROW THE WAY I WAS

THROWING WAS SO MUCH FUN, SO

MUCH EXCITEMENT, THAT I

COULD FEEL THE FANS,

ESPECIALLY IN PHILADELPHIA,

THEIR EXCITEMENT OF SEEING

ME THROW.

IT BECAME SUCH A GAME FOR ME

INSIDE THE GAME.

Reporter: GLEN'S WIFE,

KIM, REMEMBERS LIFE IN THE

BIG LEAGUES DIFFERENTLY.

CHALLENGING, VERY

CHALLENGING.

HE WAS SO PASSIONATE ABOUT

BASEBALL, AND I KNEW IT WAS

GOING TO BE JUST A GREAT

JOURNEY.

BUT IT IS LONELINESS,

EMPTINESS.

THEY'RE GONE ALL OF THE

TIME.

AND WE HAVE THREE BOYS, BUT

TWO OF THEM I RAISED WHILE

HE WAS STILL PLAYING.

Reporter: THERE WAS

SOMETHING ELSE THAT BOTHERED

KIM, GLEN O'S PROFESSED

CHRISTIANITY WAS ONE OF

CONVENIENCE.

I ACCEPTED CHRIST AT AGE

16.

I USED CHRIST TO MY

ADVANTAGE.

I THOUGHT YOU ACCEPT JESUS

CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR.

GO AND DO WHAT YOU WANT AND

COME BACK AND ASK FOR

FORGIVENESS.

Reporter: GLEN LIVED

THAT WAY FOR YEARS.

THEN IN 1993, WHEN GLEN

SUFFERED A BACK INJURY DUE

TO YEARS OF WEAR AND TEAR,

HE KNEW IT WAS TIME TO

RETIRE.

THE DAY I WALKED OUT OF

BASEBALL, DOCTORS HANDED ME

A BOTTLE OF PAINKILLERS AND

SAID, YOU NEED TO BE ON

THESE THE REST OF YOUR

LIFE.

I KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT

THEM.

I NEVER DID DRUGS IN MY

LIFE.

Reporter: WITH NO

UNDERSTANDING OF THE DANGERS

OF PAINKILLERS, GLEN STARTED

TAKING VICODIN DAILY.

GRADUALLY HE BECAME

ADDICTED.

HIS BEHAVIOR WAS ERRATIC,

AND AT TIMES HE WAS

IRRATIONAL.

IT GOTç TO WHERE I DIDN'T

EVEN WANT TO GO OUT INTOç THE

PUBLIC.

AND THE ADDICTION STARTED TO

MAKE ME REALIZE THAT I

PROBABLY DON'T NEED TO BE IN

PUBLIC.

Reporter: BY THE END OF

15 YEARS, GLEN WAS TAKING

UPWARDS OF 12 VICODIN A

DAY.

THEN ONE DAY WHILE HE AND

KIM WATCHED A NEWS STORY ON

PAINKILLERS, THEY REALIZED

GLEN WAS ADDICTED.

I GOT PETRIFIED.

I GOT MAD, I GOT ANGRY.

I WENT TO THE DOCTOR THE

NEXT DAY AND I CHEWED HIS

BUTT OUT.

I SAID, I'M NOT A DRUG

ADDICT.

AND IF I GO TO GET OFF OF

THIS, HERE IS WHAT IS GOING

TO HAPPEN TO ME.

AND I ASKED HIM ONE QUESTION

AFTER I VOICED MY

FRUSTRATION, I SAID, HAVE

YOU EVER HAD ANYBODY JUST

QUIT?

AND HE SAID YEAH.

Reporter: GLEN KNEW HE

WOULD NEED HELP TO OVERCOME

THE ADDICTION, SO HE WENT

HOME AND CRIED OUT TO GOD.

THIS TIME GLEN MEANT IT.

I SAID, GOD, I DON'T KNOW

HOW TO GET OFF OF THESE

PILLS.

AND I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING

BUT BASEBALL.

I NEED SOME HELP HERE.

SO I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU ME,

AND YOU DO WHAT YOU WANT.

AND LO AND BEHOLD, I DID NOT

KNOW WHAT I WAS ASKING FOR

BECAUSE IT BECAME A JOURNEY

AND A RIDE THAT I'M STILL

RIDING TODAY.

Reporter: THAT DAY GLEN

SURRENDERED HIS LIFE TO

JESUS CHRIST AND FOUND THE

STRENGTH TO END HIS

ADDICTION.

MAN, IT'S REALLY SIMPLE.

SEEK YEE FIRST THE KINGDOM,

AND ALL THINGS SHALL BE

ADDED UNTO YOU.

THAT'S WHAT I LIVED BY.

SEEK YEE FIRST THE

KINGDOM -- WHAT DOES THAT

MEAN?

SEEK YEE FIRST THE KINGDOM.

WELL, IT MEANS WHEN YOU GET

UP IN THE MORNING, START

LOOKING FOR GOD BECAUSE I

GUARANTEE YOU HE'S GOING TO

SHOW UP.

Reporter: GLEN NO

LONGER BATTLES ADDICTION.

KIM SAYS HER PRAYERS HAVE

BEEN ANSWERED.

AMAZING.

HUMBLING.

AND HE LOVES HIS FAMILY.

HE LOVES HIS CHILDREN.

HE IS KIND.

YOU KNOW, HIS JOURNEY HAS

JUST BEEN ABOVE AND BEYOND.

SHE HAS BEEN A VERY

PATIENT WOMAN.

BECAUSE WE'RE ON OUR 33rd

YEAR OF MARRIAGE, WITH THREE

WONDERFUL SONS, A WONDERFUL

DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, AND NOW

WE'RE GRANDPARENTS TO THE

MOST GORGEOUS LITTLE GIRL

I'VE EVER SEEN.

Reporter: IT'S BEEN

YEARS SINCE GLEN HAS BEEN IN

THE SPOTLIGHT, IMPRESSING

THE BASEBALL WORLD WITH HIS

TREMENDOUS RIGHT ARM.

HE IS OKAY WITH THAT BECAUSE

HE NO LONGER NEEDS THE

ATTENTION.

HE IS COMFORTABLE WITH WHO

HE IS IN CHRIST.

WHEN YOU ACCEPT JESUS

CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR,

CHRIST COMES TO LIVE INSIDE

OF YOU.

YOU'RE A NEW CREATION.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE

EXCEPT EVERYTHING?

IF YOU DON'T TRY GOD OVER

THAT ADDICTION.

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