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Santino Quaranta

Santino Quaranta's anti-drug message comes from the heart

Santino Quaranta's anti-drug message comes from the heart

Former Major League Soccer midfielder Santino Quaranta has spoken before about a story that is both disturbing and uplifting -- signing with MLS when he was 16, battling abuse of cocaine and painkillers, becoming sober, returning to the game and playing for his country.

But Quaranta said Tuesday's speech to about 650 Baltimore-area high school athletes was special. It was the largest crowd to hear his deeply personal message. It was delivered near where he was raised (he attended Archbishop Curley). And its target audience was an age group he believes can relate to his story.

"This was the most enjoyable because this is kids," said the former D.C. United player,...

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