Eddie Betts has opened up at the different turning points of his life on the way to creating a brilliant career in AFL.
The small mercurial striker will play his 300th game this weekend, having enjoyed an excellent season at Carlton, then in Adelaide.
But the Crow attacker said things could have been very different with a series of "dark times" along the way.
As a teenager in Port Lincoln, Betts became involved in "all the wrong things" with her mother and aunt changing him to Victoria at the age of 14.
"It could have been (it was very different). Doing the wrong things as a kid – not going to school, jumping, drinking, smoking as a kid and stealing too, "Betts said at Fox Footy. AFL 360.
"That's when my mother came in and saw the things I was doing, and my aunt, and we decided to pack up and move to Victoria from nowhere."
Another turning point was during his time at the Carlton.
Betts was struggling with a gambling problem and one day started driving towards Sydney, before breaking off and calling Blues Administrator Shane O 'Sullivan.
"There were some very dark moments. There was a lot of stuff out there that was going on, "Betts said.
"I also had a big gambling problem, and most of my money on the weekends would go to that and I would run out of money, sometimes without food.
"And it was difficult and there were a lot of stressful things around that and I started driving towards Sydney and I started crying and thinking" what am I doing? "
"And I called Shane O & Sullivan and he said," Come to the football club and have a talk. "
"So I went back to the football club, went to Shane's office and he sat me and hugged me and said" do not worry about everything, just try to surround yourself with positive people and boys and try to keep the your forget a lot of things that are happening outside of football.
"And that's what I did. I started to train, I trained hard, I spent my time around the boys and just took my mind off things and just played football.
"And ShaneO was a great man, he kind of involved me when I got to the Carlton Football Club.
"He was like my second father, ShaneO, and I'm very proud that he's coming this weekend to watch the game."
But when you look at a big turning point, Betts highlighted a key moment in 2009.
After a boat cruise drunk with other Carlton players in December of that year, Betts was arrested in Melbourne for being drunk and spent the night in the holding cells.
Carlton fined the then 23-year-old fine at $ 10,000.
Betts said the incident was the time when he changed things, with the help of his now wife, Anna.
"I think when football opened up for me it was – I think everyone would have known – the boat cruise, the famous Carlton boat cruise," Betts said.
"I went out that night and got stuck at the CBD in Melbourne and spent the night in the cells.
"It was really scary sitting there with someone else lying on the concrete bed next to you, just shaking and you're thinking, what am I doing? Is this going to be the end of my career?
"And I sat down and talked to my wife Anna and decided to get out of this and had to change my ways, professionally, to become a professional athlete – because I enjoyed going out, having a lot of fun.
"And after that, I kind of sat down with my wife and she supported me and we 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 football. .
"And that's what I did and I ended up getting myself on the right track."