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Philadelphia (WPHL)- On Politics In Focus, an important message to student-athletes comes from a former NFL player with roots in the Garden State.

Ray Lucas is a former quarterback who played in college at Rutgers University and in the NFL with three teams – the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots.

Lucas is doing a series of speaking events throughout New Jersey, talking to students about his struggles with addiction and recovery.

It is a part of the “Knock Out Opioid Abuse” initiative with the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey – and in collaboration with the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. For more information, head to