Steve Sarkisian – The Journey from Rehab to the NFL

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Steve Sarkisian – The Journey from Rehab to the NFL


Steve Sarkisian has come all the way back from being fired and entering alcoholism rehab to coaching in the NFL again.

Following his substance abuse related-firing as head football coach of the University of Southern California in October 2015, some wondered if Steve Sarkisian would ever step on a football field again. Less than two years later,
Sarkisian has come all the way back from entering rehab for alcoholism to becoming the new offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.

Scandal rocked the sidelines of USC’s storied football program during the 2015 college football season, when Sarkisian was reportedly pulled out of a team huddle by assistant coaches because he was drunk during the game. This came
after an August pep rally where Sarkisian appeared drunk on stage during a profanity-laced tirade. He was officially fired as head coach of the program on October 12, 2015. His struggles with alcohol abuse date back to his
five-year stint as a head coach of the Washington State Huskies, beginning in 2009. [1]

Sarkisian was given a second chance at coaching when he joined the staff as an offensive coordinator for the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 season. He will replace Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta, marking his second coaching job
in the NFL.

  1. 1. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18637687/steve-sarkisian-named-offensive-coordinator-atlanta-falcons