Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander was suspended twice last year for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Alexander was suspended for four games, then an additional ten were added. He says he was mainly disappointed in himself when he told his teammates.
"They already knew because it was publicized it was more of me feeling disappointed. I had to go in there and stand up and tell them that I was going to be out for 14 games because of two failed drug tests," Alexander said.
Alexander says he doesn't want to be in that situation again.
"I was surprised, thankful, and grateful that the Panthers organization stuck beside me. They could have easily let me go but they stuck it out with me so I will forever be thankful to them," Alexander said.
Alexander says he feels like he has a lot to prove this season, not just to himself but fans, coaches, and his teammates.
He says he could see himself filling the role as the dominate pass rusher.
"I'm working hard everyday towards it," Alexander said.
Panthers mini-camp begins May 26.