Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Mike Williams' strange trip back to NFL
By Mike Sando
Those interested in learning more about Mike Williams' improbable revival with the Seattle Seahawks should check out Arash Markazi's in-depth piece for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
The story includes anecdotes from former Detroit Lions general manager Matt Millen, former USC and NFL assistant coach Norm Chow, the trainer who tried to help Williams get into shape and others. Chow was with the Tennessee Titans when he talked the team into taking a chance on Williams:
I talked to everyone in Tennessee hard about getting him. Oakland had cut him and I actually wanted to trade for him, but when they cut him I fought hard for us to sign him. When he got to Tennessee, he was 286 pounds. It was unbelievable. I really couldn't believe what I saw. He could still run around, but he was too heavy to play receiver. ... He actually got me in trouble, because when he got here they said, 'What are you talking about? Why would you bring a 286-pound receiver here?' It was really disappointing. I don't know what allowed him to do that. Maybe instant fame or whatever when Detroit made him a top-10 pick and gave him all that money and he just didn't have that drive anymore."
Williams set NFL career highs with 10 receptions for 123 yards during the Seahawks' victory over Chicago in Week 6. But even Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll never thought Williams would return to this level of production. Williams joined Steve Largent, Brian Blades, Bobby Engram, Darrell Jackson and Tommy Kane as the only wide receivers in Seahawks history to catch 10 or more passes in a game.