PATERSON, N.J. (WABC) – Monday was a special honor for a former professional pitcher who turned his life around after overcoming addiction.

Paterson authorities have awarded Michael Jackson’s addiction counselor a key to the city.

Jackson was a pitcher in the 70s for the Phillies, Cardinals, Royals and Indians.

Off the field, Jackson struggled with alcohol and drug abuse. His addiction cost him his career and landed him in and out of jail.

Now 36 years sober, he works as a drug counselor for men struggling with drug addiction.

“Receiving this key to the city was a complete surprise to me, honestly, walk with God, the creator and giver of all good and perfect gifts, because through what I went through, he was preparing his purpose for me,” Jackson said. .

Jackson works for the nonprofit Straight and Narrow, the same group that helped him recover and get his life back on track.

READ ALSO | Hunter was rescued after his kayak capsized in Suffolk County

———-

* Get news from eyewitnesses

* More New Jersey news

* Send us a news tip

* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts

* Follow us on YouTube

Submit a tip or story idea to Eyewitness News

Have a breaking news tip or idea for a story we should cover? Submit it to Eyewitness News using the form below. When you attach a video or photo, terms of use apply.

Copyright © 2023 WABC-TV. All rights reserved.

Previous articleThey are looking for a suspect in the Pizza Hut robbery
Next articleCancer-prone family chooses gastric bypass surgery