Roy Williams: Why is everyone picking on me?

May, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The Cowboys' Roy Williams can't seem to figure out why people would question his credentials as a No. 1 receiver. Here's what he told Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News earlier this week:

"I don't know why," Williams said. "I guess I've got to go out there and prove to people that I can play this game. Just because I have a star on the side of my helmet doesn't mean I can't play football now."

And that last statement must come as a huge relief to Cowboys fans. Roy Williams doesn't believe that having a star on the side of his helmet will derail his career. In fact, players such as Bob Hayes, Drew Pearson and Michael Irvin were able to overcome the star.

Williams said he didn't hear this type criticism in Detroit because he "was the guy."

"People say, 'Hey, you're our No. 1 receiver,' and say, 'I hope you can do it. Good luck,'" Williams said. "I've been a No. 1 ever since I was 1. But I can't really talk about it. I just got to continue getting in shape and prove it September whatever the day it is in Tampa."

Sounds like Williams is taking a page out of the T.O. playbook when it comes to sensitivity training. He's had one 1,000-yard season in five years in the league -- and he played for a team that was constantly playing from behind. Williams will continue to face scrutiny not based on past performance, but on the steep price the Cowboys paid to acquire him. For whatever reason, he doesn't seem to get that.

Williams will have a chance to silence his doubters this season. But at this point, they actually have more ground to stand on than he does. OK, I'll meet you guys in the "comments" section to discuss. Try to stay on point. I noticed my Hakeem Nicks column somehow sparked a Denver Nuggets conversation.

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