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Quinn Pitcock eyes NFL return after video game addiction

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Former Ohio State All-American defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock was drafted in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, but depression and video game addiction stunted what could have been a promising career.

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Four years later, he's back on the playing field for the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators and eyeing a return to the NFL.

"It's a no-brainer for someone to give the kid another opportunity in the NFL," Predators coach Bret Munsey told the Orlando Sentinel. "I think he could be better than half the guys on the roster."

In his rookie season with the Colts, Pitcock recorded 18 tackles and 1.5 sacks in nine games with one start, but before training camp of his second season he suddenly retired. Pitcock suffered from depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and video game addiction.

"I couldn't put it down," Pitcock said of his addiction to the video game series "Call of Duty." "If I visited family or friends, I timed it down to the last second where I could still play another game.

"I'd go to McDonald's for breakfast, order a bunch of food, come home and play for 18 hours into the next day, then crash, sleep for seven hours and do it all over again."

Pitcock has 12 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 11 games for the Predators.

Pitcock was waived by the Colts in 2010 and subsequently failed to get through training camp with the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions.

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