Former first-round draft pick Mike Williams is trying to make something out of his career, hitching on with his former college coach Pete Carroll in Seattle. But Williams knows that he must atone for some of his mistakes. Kind of like a 12-step program for draft busts.
Williams has been candid about his own self-inflicted troubles in making it in the NFL. Particularly at the dinner table where he insists that he didn’t overindulge on Big Macs, but rather the good stuff like steaks and pasta. At least he has good taste.
Williams also told 710 ESPN in Seattle (via Sports Radio Interviews) that Detroit might not have been the best spot for a troubled soul.
“Some inflicting bad habits, as well as being with an organization that didn’t really have a plan for me, to say it nicely,” Williams said. “Detroit, I’m really blessed coming through my process and then Matt Millen and Mr. Ford and Coach Mariucci still drafting me as high as they did — I’ll always be grateful to the city and to the organization.
“But I just didn’t think it was a good marriage, and part of my immaturity was fighting them on what I wanted and openly showing how unhappy I was. Obviously they had more control over the situation than me, and if I could do it all different, it would be. But it’s a live and learn life and I just apply up all those bad memories and bad decisions to this time around.”
Really, how could being the third consecutive wide receiver taken by the Lions in the first round be a bad thing? (The Lions drafted Charles Rogers in 2003, Roy Williams in 2004, and Mike Williams in 2005.) Who could have seen that coming?
But that was then, this is now.
Carroll was glowing in his reviews of Williams after the team’s recent minicamps, saying that he is in a proper place to compete. While the condition is there, you have to admire the mental outlook of taking responsibility for his own actions.
“I’m not pointing fingers. That was all me, regardless of the situation in Detroit and getting drafted there,” Williams said. “So I just look at it as sometimes you learn the hard way on things, and I just happened to. My first crack at the NFL was the hard way.”
Some other news making its way Around the Web on Tuesday:
- Eagles CB Asante Samuel yelled at a reporter this weekend during the team’s minicamp according to the CSNPhilly.com. Samuel was upset at the reporter who was questioning the Pro Bowl corner’s tackling ability.
- What are the Dolphins looking to do with QB Pat White? The Palm Beach Post reports that White must make strides during OTA and minicamp to prove that he can throw the ball. White is currently fourth on the depth chart behind starter Chad Henne, Tyler Thigpen and Chad Pennington.