In 1999, Curcio arrived at the university’s campus in Moscow, ID, and joined a team that was at the top of its game. But although things went well at first, he soon found himself tempted by the party scene. And while he briefly enjoyed a period of success under a new coach, an injury would soon send his life spiraling out of control.
During practice, tragedy struck. Curcio managed to tear a ligament in his knee, and was prescribed strong painkillers to help him cope. However, he soon became addicted to the pills, and his football career disappeared in front of his eyes. Instead, he resorted to injuring himself in order to receive more medication.
At first, Curcio caved to pressure from his family and cleaned up his act. So once he was sober, he started his first business venture, a company that sold casino and gaming goods. However, a police raid saw his business shut down, and a penniless and desperate Curcio returned to drugs.