Derby County player Bob Malcolm has been banned from driving for 20 months after he was found asleep in his Range Rover parked in the middle of the M1.
Bob Malcolm signed for Derby from Rangers in 2006
Malcolm, 27, was breathalysed when police were called to reports of a car parked between junction 28 and 29 near Tibshelf, Derbyshire, on 27 December.
The former Scotland B international admitted to being unfit to drive through drink.
Derby County said he had been suspended pending an internal investigation.
A roadside breath test found Malcolm had consumed twice the legal drink-drive limit, Chesterfield Magistrates' Court heard.
He had claimed he was "overtaken by tiredness" and felt it was appropriate to come to a standstill.
The midfield player, who was on loan at London club Queens Park Rangers at the time, was fined £750 and ordered to pay costs of £75.
He also agreed to take a drink-drivers' rehabilitation course.