After the season ended with the Packers, I got the phone call that no player wants to hear. I was being let go by the Packers.

I couldn't hold it against them, and I was thankful for the opportunity that they gave me when nobody else would. To this day, I still cheer for the Packers, and I actually still live with Eddie Lacy in Arizona.

The thing that hurt, however, was not being able to play one more down for Aaron Rodgers. He was the one who respected me as an undrafted rookie, and he's the one who led our team to that NFC Championship Game. He already has one Super Bowl ring, but if it hadn't been for that fumble, it could have been two.

I texted him later on, telling him how sorry I was. I knew he is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and I felt so bad that I might have robbed him of another championship. Aaron is a busy guy both on and off the field, but he took the time and write back to me. He truly is a great teammate and a great person.

A lot of times people can’t tell the tone behind text messages, but with Aaron I knew he meant what he said. And if I still had any doubts, he made sure to let me know everything was okay when he saw me walking down the street in California.

I was on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, just walking around, and out of nowhere I hear someone screaming "Bo!" which is short for Bostick.

I turned around and saw Aaron there, happy to see me. No hard feelings, no resentment.

I think one of the craziest things about God is that His plan is so incredible. That plan might take you through adversity and pain, but God used my mistake and turned it into something amazing. Somebody recently put it to me like this: if I hadn't fumbled that football, I wouldn’t have the platform I do now. It was because of that fumble that I'm able to tell people that no matter what you've done, you can always overcome it. Even if it’s something much larger than a fumble – you can always turn things around. And God is the one who will help you get there.

I don’t plan on stopping the message of redemption anytime soon. As Earnest used to always tell me, we better get used to it.

I don’t know what the future holds for me, and I don’t know if I will ever go through anything that difficult again. What I do know, however, is that whatever I will face in life from this point on, I’m now ready for it. And that is only because of what God has done in my life.

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