A Minnesota Vikings player who quit the team last month, says that he’s devoting the time he would have spent on football to being a better husband and parent and has started attending church again after a four year absence.

“I can always treat my wife better, treat my son better, be a better brother, be a better son,” Christian Ballard told USA Today Sports. “But I know right now from being out of the NFL that it’s a lot easier to focus on those things because I have time. I’m not wrapped up in this whole other lifestyle.”

The 24-year-old former defensive tackle approached Vikings coach Leslie Frazier last month and told him that he needed to leave the team for “personal reasons.” Ballard then moved back to his hometown in Lawerence, Kan. and married his girlfriend Victoria Hallenback.

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