The Comeback of Harvey Martin

Eighteen months ago, the former Cowboys hero was drinking and drugging his way to disaster. Now he's clean, sober, and planning to stay that way.

And he is still seeing Debbie Clark--who came out of rehab herself only three weeks ago. "She stuck with me even after the hell I put her through," Martin says. "Can you believe it?" (Clark was unavailable for comment.)

Devincent remembers coming home from the Army in 1993 and driving with his father to buy a car. Harvey told his son to stay out of trouble in Dallas, because the cops would never know him as Devincent, only as Harvey Martin's son.

"And then he got in more trouble than I ever got in," Robertson says with a slight laugh. "I give him a hard time about that. But now, I am proud of him. I don't tell him as much as I should, but I'm proud of him. He's been there for me when no one else would have. That's how I know he's changed. In the past, I couldn't count on him. Now I can."

On January 14, Harvey Martin will go back to the Judicial Treatment Center. This time, he will not go as a man trying to keep his life from falling apart. He is speaking to the graduating class, an example of a man who put his life back together.

"Harvey has learned some tough lessons," Pearson says. "I am so proud of him. Now, he meets people face to face. He stands up to what he did wrong. He's not trying to hide it or run away from it or point the blame somewhere else. He knows the embarrassment he caused his family and his friends, but he's not running from it. He's facing it dead-on, and I admire that more than the friendship we have or him sacking quarterbacks or the great things he did on the football field. This is the right thing. Harvey Martin is going to be fine.

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