I enjoy every day like it’s my last. Earlier in my life, I was so busy doing other things that I didn’t have time to pray. Now, my prayer life is so much better.
I wake up at 3:00 AM to talk to God; and when I pray, He reveals my purpose. You see, my gifts and my purpose are different. Some people don’t get that, they think their gift and their purpose are the same. They are not. I know my purpose and my life is so much more pleasant now that I am spending time in prayer and listening to God.
Every morning at 6:30 AM, I go to the same alcoholic anonymous meeting. I have never been an alcoholic, but I did more drugs than you can image. I played professional football for seven years. When I stopped playing, I use more drugs. When the money ran out, I used other things. For 20-30 years, I could not find a way out.
I didn’t know how to get out. I tried to hide my drug use. People around me knew about it, but they wouldn’t say anything. I went through drug programs after programs, but no program could stop me from using drugs because I enjoyed it. It is only by the grace of God that my desire for drugs is no longer there. My book, “What Happened To The Playbook,” tells the complete story.
"EXPERIENCE IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST TEACHER"
I wrote the book because so many people think football players are one dimensional. They think “You make a million dollars, drive a nice car and buy a big house.” They do not know the other side of it. I share the dark side with kids when I speak with them on a regular basis. I tell them the truth. I admit to doing drugs, but also let them know that experience is not always the best teacher. They should not follow down the same path.
Ironically, I did all these things while going to church. I knew about God, but I did not know who He was. I went to church on Sunday, but I didn’t know and couldn’t tell anyone what the pastor was preaching about. There was a lot of hooping and hollering, but I wasn’t learning anything about God. When I started to go to a Seventh Day Adventist church, I finally began understanding the Word of God.
I was able to ask questions and was guided by the Elders of the church. I recently got baptized and now belong completely to God. In my life, I have been used by so many people, but no one can use me again. Only God can use me. I am excited about the relationship I have with God and I tell everybody about it. I am a Seventh Day Evangelist. I evangelize every day of the week and that is why it’s always a “Great Day To Be Alive.”