Former TCU quarterback Casey Pachall credits his former coach, Gary Patterson, for helping put his life back on track after dealing with substance abuse.
Pachall told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s John Henry that his life changed after he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in October 2012. The quarterback had failed a drug test earlier that year as well, and told police he had previously used ecstasy and cocaine.
“I was being self-centered, reckless and not smart at all,” Pachall said of the DWI arrest. “It was a rough experience. It was tough to go through, but I have learned from it. [Patterson] was disappointed, but he did everything he could … exhausted all resources he could to help me down the road.”
Patterson suspended Pachall, and the quarterback left school and checked into a drug and alcohol treatment facility. Pachall praised his coach for giving him the opportunity to get better. “He didn’t yell … he said ‘we need to get you straight,'” Pachall said.
That was the goal Patterson said he had back when he announced the quarterback was heading to rehab.
“We want to make sure we can make this turn into a positive,” Patterson said in 2012. “Casey’s parents, Casey and I, we all agreed that there was only one way to change the path he was on – to step away from it.”
Pachal returned to TCU in 2013 and started seven games in his final collegiate season. His football career ended after a short stint in the Canadian Football League.
The 27-year-old is now married and lives in Fort Worth. He is alive and healthy, thanks in part to his former coach.
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