William Fields' life is a mess.
Not figuratively, though. No way. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers cornerback led the CFL with four interceptions going into last night's Week 6 action.
His life -- literally -- is a mess.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers fullback Scott Regimbald, who was Fields' teammate and roommate at the University of Houston, learned quickly that Fields wasn't exactly a neat freak.
"I couldn't see the floor in our living room," Regimbald said.
Bombers linebacker Willie Fells has known Fields since they both started playing for the Calgary Stampeders in 2001.
When asked if Fields had a tidiness problem, Fells quickly gave a tour of Fields' locker-room stall -- from a safe distance, of course.
"Look at that!" Fells shrieked, pointing to a pile of socks, sweats, shoes, shirts, gloves and who-knows-what-else jammed into the bottom compartment. "People are scared to touch that because they're afraid spiders are going to come crawling out."
Fields, who signed with the Bombers in March, admitted he has some work to do on the domestic front, but he made no apologies.
"It's organized to me," Fields said. "I know where everything's at. Sometimes they might end up with a shoe in their locker or something like that, but we're all family.
"... I don't want people to come and clean it up, because I wouldn't know where anything is."
Fields, 27, was born in McKeesport, Pa., and spent most of his teenage years in Copperas Cove, Texas. A few times, however, his family packed up and moved due to his stepfather's military career.
They spent a year in Germany, and a few months in both Louisiana and Missouri, but Fields, his mom and his sister would usually move back to either Pennsylvania or Texas while his stepfather stayed behind.
"I had to grow up quick and be the man of the house," Fields said. "But a single-parent household is normal nowadays. It ain't nothing to cry about."
After starting four seasons at Houston, Fields signed with the Stamps and won a Grey Cup -- against the Bombers -- in his rookie season.
He had five interceptions in his rookie year, but he recorded just four in the next three seasons combined. And last year his time in Calgary came to a crashing halt.
"Last year was ... you know what that was in Calgary," Fields said, making it obvious he wasn't one of Matt Dunigan's favourites.
The new regime in Cowtown didn't want him, either, and now he finds himself in the Manitoba capital, making a new name for himself.
"Sometimes a player just needs a change, and sometimes the change catapults their career again," Bombers head coach Jim Daley said.
Fields, who has never let his 5-foot-8, 175-pound frame get in the way of his football career, is just glad to be back on track.
"It's a relief, definitely," Fields said. "I'm just thankful, and I hope it continues. I work hard out here every day, and hopefully it's going to continue to pay off."