Keller: The people we meet on our journey are a gift

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 12, 2019

Last Saturday morning. as I drove up to PJ’s Coffee, a young man in a truck drove up next to me. As he got out of his truck, he asked if I remembered him. “Help me out,” I said.

“I’m Roydell Williams!”

I hadn’t seen him for 15 years and didn’t recognize him. I then told him, “I do remember something L.S.U. fans don’t.”

“What’s that?”

When L.S.U. hired Nick Saban to be their coach, the first thing he said as he got off the plane was, “I need a car. I have to go to East St. John High School in Reserve. I need a receiver they have and it was you!”

He smiled and couldn’t believe I remembered that. At that time I was the chaplain for the East St. John football team.

Roydell decided to go to Tulane with the other receiver on that team, Chris Bush. They played with the Greenies from 2000 -2004.

He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans and played three years with them and then two years with the Washington Red Skins.

Today, Roydell is married and has two children. He lives in Franklin, Tennessee and is the football, baseball, and strength coach at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin.

We had coffee at PJ’s and reminisced a while. Before he left, we prayed together.

I often say that one of the gifts God gives us is the people we meet on our journey to eternity. Roydell Williams was one of the special gifts with whom God blessed me.


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