From the State.Com:
About a year after being drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 2 pick of the 2002 NBA Draft, (Jay) Williams was flung from his motorcycle when it smashed into a utility pole at 75 mph, seemingly ending his once-promising basketball career and almost killing him.
“It was hard, there were times when I thought about taking my life,” Williams said of his state after the accident. “I was on anti-depressants, taking OxyContin, and there were parts of my body that I couldn’t use anymore. The one word that could describe everything is the word â??humble’.
Williams, who had just completed his rookie season in the NBA, suffered severe ligament damage to his left knee, nerve damage to his leg and a broken pelvis. Just days after the crash, Williams was told by his doctor that he would be lucky to walk again, and the damage required 13 surgeries in three months.”
Williams, a Duke University graduate, came back from his injury and attempted a comeback to no avail. Today, Williams works for 24 Hour Fitness and does the next best thing, speaking to young b-ballers at basketball camps and giving them the benefit of his hard earned experience. His message: stay in school and “you can do anything that you put your mind to.” Words to live by.
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