During the 2011-12 NFL season, then Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson was caught with loads of marijuana at his house.
Surprisingly, despite that, he didn't go to jail; rather, he ended up playing the whole year and put up 50 catches for 725 yards, plus four touchdowns. He also ended up making one of the best plays in NFL history -- flipping over Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington to score a touchdown.
"Things happen for a reason. The man upstairs wanted me to change. It sucked I had to go through it that way. It made me a stronger, better person," Simpson, now a Viking, told the Pioneer Press.
"Everybody makes mistakes. I just want people to kind of forgive me," he said.
Simpson was signed to a one-year deal by the Vikings this offseason. He will be suspended for the first three games of the upcoming year.
"Those 15 days I spent in jail, it was terrible. It sucked," Simpson said. "Any kids out there, that's a place you don't want to be. Somebody tells you when to wake up, when to make your bed, when to take a shower, when you can have a snack. That's an obstacle you don't want to face. I want all kids to learn not to go down that path and to learn from me.
"I paid my debt to society. I want to help people not make the same decision I made. One of my goals is to help people not go down that path like I did."
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