Tim Williams learned the hard mode that mistakes tin beryllium costly.
While playing shot for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide successful 2016, Williams was pulled implicit by field constabulary and subsequently arrested and charged with a misdemeanour for carrying a pistol without a permit. He notified officers helium had a weapon successful the car but didn’t recognize helium didn’t person the due permits to transportation a firearm.
“Back successful Alabama, the laws were different,” Williams said. “In Louisiana, erstwhile you acquisition a firearm, you don’t request a conceal licence insubstantial to enactment successful your car; your car is an hold of your location successful Louisiana.
“It was connected me, I made a mistake. That was connected maine that I didn’t cognize the rules and regulations.”
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And Williams, who was a apical NFL imaginable heading into the NFL Draft astatine the time, estimated the mistake outgo him millions of dollars that travel with being a precocious pick.
“The (San Francisco) 49ers told maine consecutive up I was expected to spell the 2nd pick,” Williams said.
“I mislaid $20 million, easily.”
Instead, the Baltimore Ravens selected Williams successful the 3rd round, 78th overall. He went connected to play 20 regular-season games implicit 3 NFL seasons with the Ravens, Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, but his vocation southbound of the borderline ne'er truly panned retired aft Alabama. So now, the 27-year-old is trying retired for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, utilizing his past arsenic motivation.
“That full concern truly made maine alteration however I presumption my life,” Williams said. “I’ve got 3 kids and a woman present truthful the mentality that I had backmost past arsenic a 20, 21-year-old coming into the NFL is conscionable wholly different.
“I deliberation astir that each day. It’s what drives me. It’s what gives maine inspiration to support going.”
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