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Former Minnesota Viking Erin Henderson is putting an unusual spin on his recent chemical-related arrests.

The longtime Vikings linebacker told TMZ Sports that he "cannot be more grateful" that he was arrested for DWI two times in less than a month, because it forced him to get help he desperately needed.

Henderson, cut by the Vikings after the 2 arrests, just finished a stint in rehab, and says he realized he had a bad substance abuse problem that had taken over his life.

"I was arrested and spent almost 24 hours in a holding cell and had nothing but time to think about the path my life was heading down," he told TMZ. "That night I had a vision of my future and knew I had to do something to better it."

Henderson says he received great support from fellow patients and a Vikings teammate who visited him at the treatment center.
He plans to continue his career in the NFL, but says maintaining his sobriety is the priority.

He told TMZ, "Sober Erin's light shines 100 times greater than 'using' Erin ever could."

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