In rehab after cocaine video, ex-NFL coach feels 'blessed'

It took a lifetime to build up a resume that included 36 years as an assistant coach, including 25 in the National Football League.

It took one drug-induced video to expose his substance addiction that caused his firing.

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After completing a 60-day drug and alcohol treatment program and in the midst of a 24-day, inpatient rehabilitation program, Chris Foerster told NFL.com that his public downfall was "divine intervention" and that he hoped to coach football again in the future -- even if he never lands another NFL job.

"I was to the point where I was just praying to God, I want this stuff out," Foerster said to NFL.com by phone from a South Florida sober living facility. "Not like exposed, but I want this out of my life. I can't do this anymore. All this (stuff) I had going on outside of work, I don't want to do this anymore. I don't want to drink anymore. I don't want to use anymore. And sure enough, two weeks later, the video came out."

Foerster resigned from his offensive line coaching position with the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 9, the same day he checked into a rehab facility -- three days before his 56th birthday. The former nine-time NFL assistant was forced to step down following the release of an online video that showed Foerster snorting cocaine at the team's training facility.

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BALTIMORE - 2005: Chris Foerster of the Baltimore Ravens poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Getty Images)
Slug: SP/RAVENS Date: August,13,2007 Photographer: Toni L. Sandys/TWP Neg #: 193246 Baltimore, MD Ravens preseason game vs. Eagles in Baltimore, MD, on Monday, August 13, 2007. Ravens offensive line coach Chris Foerster, left, talks to rookie tackle Jared Gaither during the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Baltimore, MD, on Monday, August 13, 2007. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - 2008: Chris Foerster of the San Francisco 49ers poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 10: Offensive line coach Chris Foerster of the San Francisco 49ers speaks with players in the locker room at halftime during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 10, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 29-24. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 10: Offensive line coach Chris Foerster of the San Francisco 49ers speaks with players on the sideline during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on November 10, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 29-24. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 14: Chris Foerster of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during a preseason game against the Denver Broncos on August 14, 2009 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 8: Offensive line coach Chris Foerster talks with Adam Snyder #68 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Candlestick Park on November 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The Titans defeated the 49ers 34-27. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)
ASHBURN VA- July 30: Offensive line coach Chris Foerster, left chats with offnsive center Casey Rabach,right as the Washington Redskins conduct their 2nd day of summer training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn VA July 30, 2010. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
ASHBURN, VA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Chris Foerster of the Washington Redskins poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
ASHBURN VA JUNE13 : Redskins' offensive line coach Chris Foerster, center, watches #78 Kory Lichtensteiger, center left, and #71Trent Williams, right, during a line drill on day 3 of Mini Camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn VA, June 13, 2012 (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
RICHMOND VA - AUGUST12: Redskins' offensive line coach Chris Foerster, left, converses with offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) during the Washington Redskins afternoon practice on day 14 of summer training camp at the Redskins new facility in Richmond VA, AUGUST 6, 2013. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 18: Offensive Line Coach Chris Foerster of the San Francisco 49ers talks with the offence in the locker room during halftime of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Levi Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers defeated the Ravens 25-20. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 3: Offensive Line Coach Chris Foerster of the San Francisco 49ers talks with Joe Staley #74 and Daniel Kilgore #67 on the field prior to the game against the St. Louis Rams at Levi Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers defeated the Rams 19-16. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
DAVIE, FL - MAY 31: Offensive line coach Chris Foerster of the Miami Dolphins directs the players during the teams OTA's on May 31, 2017 at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Chris Foerster speaks with Miami Dolphins Tackle #70 Ja'Wuan James during practice back in August 2017. Foerster resigned as Dolphins offensive line coach Monday, October 9, 2017, after video was released by a Las Vegas model of him apparently doing lines of cocaine. (Taimy Alvarez/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images) SOUTH FLORIDA OUT; NO MAGS; NO SALES; NO INTERNET; NO TV...
Chris Foerster resigned as Dolphins offensive line coach Monday, October 9, 2017, after video was released by a Las Vegas model of him apparently doing lines of cocaine. Foerster in August speaking with Dolphins Quarterback Jay Cutler, Defensive Coordinator Matt Burke and Head Coach Adam Gase in Davie. (Taimy Alvarez/Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images) SOUTH FLORIDA OUT; NO MAGS; NO SALES; NO INTERNET; NO TV...
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Foerster, whose coaching career began in 1982 as a graduate assistant at Colorado State, said the video was filmed during a stretch when he used cocaine every day for eight or nine consecutive days.

"I was so messed up at the time," he said.

After being released from rehab on Dec. 8, he lives at a sober living center for outpatient care while receiving treatment three to four times per week.

"I've never felt better," he said. "I've never been happier. I've never been more clear. I've never been more open to whatever the possibilities are as I am right now today."

Once his program -- covering 24 days, not consecutively -- is complete, Foerster hopes to repair his private and professional life. He even hopes to work on the sideline again.

"Why do I want to coach again? Because I love coaching and helping players," he said. "Is that going to be on the high school level? The college level? Is it never going to be again? Then maybe it's never again. I had 25 years in the league and 10 in college. I've been blessed. I made a terrible mistake and I'm responsible for it, and I didn't go to treatment because I wanted to get my job back. I knew this (stuff) was out of control. It's been the most humbling experience. But it's what I needed."

--Field Level Media

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