HOWLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A former football star from Kent State University visited a local high school, bringing a personal story he hopes will inspire students to say “no” to drugs.

Luke Wollet talked to Howland High schoolers. He shared how he turned to pills and heroin after a knee injury his senior year kept him from his NFL dream.

Wollet is also a Poland High School graduate.

Today, he is two years sober. 

Wollet has now dedicated his life to helping and sharing his story.

“This is a very stressful time in an adolescent’s life. Anxiety, depression and suicide are at all-time highs among this demographic, so speaking life to them now can really prevent a lot more problems down the road,” Wollet said. 

Friday’s event at Howland was part of the school’s YES Fest.

The program encourages students to say no to drugs and instead expose themselves to opportunities in life in which they can say “Yes.”