Danny Care chats exclusively to Sky Sports Rugby about his journey from sharing a bench with Jamie Vardy at Sheffield Wednesday to becoming England's most capped scrum-half of all time, and becoming "a better person" along the way.
"To have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." Elizabeth Stone, American novelist.
In the space of a little under three months between mid-December 2011 and early March 2012, Danny Care was arrested three times for alcohol-related incidents.
Removed from England's Six Nations squad, banned from driving for 16 months, fined, cautioned, charged, placed on an inner-city community programme and fined again by Quins to the tune of £10,000.
His England career appeared on the brink, his Harlequins one teetering not far behind.
A couple of years later, Care amusingly remarked in an interview: 'There is a perception out there that I'm an idiot.'
Accelerate forward four years and that perception has all but disappeared.
Now a married man of almost two years to partner Jodie and a father to three-year-old son Blake, Care sits at a picnic table at Rosslyn Park in Wandsworth, southwest London as England's most capped scrum-half of all time.
It's a Thursday afternoon and Quins have just finished their training for the day on Rosslyn Park's synthetic surface - the growing number of Premiership clubs with artificial pitches rendering such a session a requirement. Off-field issues steadfastly behind him, a gregarious Care admits family has transformed his life.
"Some people probably still say I'm an idiot, and they were probably right before," he says.
"I got in trouble a few times and it took me a while to learn what I need to be doing, and the responsibilities of being a rugby player and role model.
"I was a bit loose. I've cut that out now and every day I focus on being a good person and a good rugby player."
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