Williams focusing on future

Updated: February 2, 2005, 11:06 AM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN The Magazine

Oh what a 21st birthday party it would've been: The whole world watching him snatch passes from Matt Leinart, rag-dolling helpless Oklahoma DBs and leading USC to another national title. Instead, Mike Williams watched his buddies Dominique Byrd, Steve Smith and Dwayne Jarrett do all the work as the Trojans dominated in the Orange Bowl.

Williams, meanwhile, observed it all on a TV dangling from the ceiling while he ran on a treadmill at an Atlanta-area health club.

Think that night ...

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