Roy Williams discovers the joys of weightlifting
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
If you're looking for the most over-written storyline of the summer, look no further than Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams finding the directions to the Valley Ranch weight room. At no time in recent memory have we seen such praised heaped upon a man for doing what he should've been doing all along.
Apparently one of the nicest weight rooms in the nation at the University of Texas and the two or three barbells in Detroit never caught Williams' fancy. Noted NFL sage and serial Tweeter Peter King even weighed in on the topic in this week's edition of "Monday Morning Quarterback" after talking to "someone close to Roy Williams."
"I'm serious,'' this acquaintance of Williams told me. "Roy never lifted before. Now that he has, and now that he's serious about making himself a great football player, especially with T.O. gone, I think he's really going to have a good year.''
Peter apparently views this as an indictment of the Lions, but I think it reflects more poorly on Williams. His high school, Odessa (Texas) Permian, was the subject of one of the most famous sports books of all-time. And the legendary football program has never lacked for money when it comes to facilities. Williams then went to the nurturing bosom of Mack Brown's Texas program, where players have access to state-of-the-art workout facilities. Even leaving the Lions out of the equation on the basis of their irrelevant stature, I have a really difficult time believing Williams "never lifted before."
In polite English, we call that an absolute crock. This is simply an excuse being carted out to account for his relatively mediocre career to this point. Maybe the added strength will help Williams this season, but it certainly won't account for the mystery meat routes that he kept running in '08.
As you can tell, I'm very leery of the guys who allegedly make huge leaps in the offseason. And maybe that's because I've bitten on so many of those stories in the past. (Rob Petitti, I still haven't given up on you!)