Eddie Bets opened up various turning points in his life on his way to set a brilliant AFL career.
The Mercury small forward will play its 300th game this weekend after enjoying a great chance in Carlton and then in Adelaide.
But the Doors ahead said things could easily go very differently, with numerous "dark times" along the way.
As a teenager in Port Lincoln, Betts captures "all the wrong things" with his mother and aunt who moved to Victoria as a 14-year-old boy.
"It can have (it's been done a lot differently.) Doing all the wrong things as a young child – not going to school, jumping, drinking, smoking like a little kid and stealing," Beck told Fox Fuji AFL 360.
"Then my mother came and saw things I did, and my aunt, and we decided to pack and move to Victoria from blue."
Another milestone was during his time in Carlton.
Betts struggled with the gambling problem and one day began to drive to Sydney before he fell apart and called on the blues administrator Shane O'Sullivan.
"There were several fairly dark times. There was a lot to be outside the footsteps," said Betz.
"I had a big problem with gambling, and most of my money on weekends will go to it and I will be left with no money, sometimes there is no food.
"It was difficult and there were many stressful things that happened around that and I started to drive to Sydney and started to cry and think" what am I doing? "
"And I rang Shane O'Sullivan and he said:" Enter the club football, let's talk. "
"So I drove back into the foot footy, went to ShaneO's office and he stopped me and gave me glad and said:" Do not worry about everything, just try around with some positive people and boys and try to keep your thoughts many things that happen outside the foot. "
"And that's what I did. I got training, I trained hard, I spent time with boys and I just took my attention away from things and just played football.
"And ShaneO was a great man, he took me under his wing when I first got to the Carlton football club.
"He was like my second father, ShaneO, and I'm very proud that he comes through this weekend to watch the game."
But when looking at a major turning point, Beck pointed out a key moment in 2009.
After cruising a ship by boat with other Carlton players in December of that year, Bett was arrested in Melbourne for being drunk and spending the night in maintenance cells.
Carlton punished the then 23-year-old term with a maximum fine of $ 10,000.
Bets said the incident is the moment when he turned things around, with the help of his current wife Anna.
"I suppose when my football was open was – I guess everyone will know – a cruise ship, the famous cruise on Carlton," said Betz.
"I went out that night and I was arrested in the CBD in Melbourne and spent the night in the cells.
"It was very scary just sitting there with someone else who was lying on a hard concrete bed next to you, just shaking and thinking about myself" what am I doing? Will this be the end of my career? & # 39;
"And I sat down and talked to my wife, Anna, and I decided to get out of it and I had to change the roads, professionally, to become a professional athlete – because I wanted to go out and enjoy myself.
"And after that, I sat with my wife and she supported me through it and set some limits and I had to learn how to be a professional athlete – I had to go out and train hard and concentrate on my leg.
"And that's what I did and I ended up on the right track."