Roy Williams happy with Bears rookie

Updated: August 10, 2011, 5:15 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Bears rookie free agent Jimmy Young wasn't sure what to make of the text message congratulating him for not pulling a "Dez Bryant," but he quickly learned.

Young, following the rookie tradition of carrying a veteran's shoulder pads after practice in training camp, carried the gear of former Dallas Cowboys receiver Roy Williams after a recent session.

Williams had asked Bryant to do the same last year in Cowboys camp, and Bryant's refusal generated several days of headlines.

"I was [aware of the Bryant incident] after I did it," Young said Wednesday. "I got a text message from somebody, and they were just like, 'Man, I'm glad you didn't pull a Dez Bryant.' I'm like, 'What?'

"They just said something about me carrying Roy Williams' pads, and I told them that it wasn't a big deal to me at all. I had a free hand. I just grabbed them and went with it. It wasn't a big deal. But I was fully aware of the Dez Bryant deal."

Williams laughed about getting back to tradition as a guest on "The Ben And Skin Show" on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.

"Oh man, it was lovely," Williams said. "I was like, 'Hey 19, take my pads.' 'Yes sir.'

"There was no, 'I ain't got to do this ...' none of that, so it was good."

Young, from TCU, believed it was part of his role as a rookie in training camp.

"I think it's a mixture of both [respect and rookie tradition]," he said. "You respect the player, and it's just something that you understand is going to happen. You being a rookie, and an undrafted rookie at that, you feel like you have to do things like that. It's part of the game, and it's part of being a rookie.

"So I didn't second-guess it, didn't think twice about it. He asked me to do it, and I got it done."

ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright contributed to this report.

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