GRADY CO., GA (WALB) - A former UGA running back and NFL star spoke to students in Grady County on Tuesday.
Tim Worley visited Cairo Middle and High School.
He talked to students about his experiences with addiction.
Something he said almost killed him.
"There was a time in my life that I thought I wouldn't be here. Why? Because of the negative choices that I made," explained Worley.
Worley was a standout running back. Every Sunday he had fans cheering his name.
Within a few years that all came to a screeching halt.
"I made some bad choices over 30 years ago and those choices almost destroyed my life," said Worley.
He was addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Worley was arrested and jailed, it was then that he hit rock bottom, something he wants no student to have to go through.
"I think spirit's everything, I'm here to talk about it because I did it, I know what it's like to be in the addiction world," explained Worley.
It was an emotional plea to students to remain drug and alcohol free.
Worley also spoke at a community rally in Cairo.
The rally was at the Family Worship Center Tuesday evening.