Jamaal Williams gave his Detroit Lions teammates a gift, and it’s a unique gift only he would give.
Jamaal Williams has been a very productive player for the Detroit Lions this season, setting career-highs already in carries (177) and yards (734) and leading the league with 13 rushing touchdowns entering Week 13.
But Williams is also a galvanizing team leader to go with his reliability on the field. It’s not that he has to try hard for his teammates to like him, but anything surely helps in that regard.
Thursday was Dec. 1, and an unofficial marker that it’s officially winter and Christmas time. So Williams was apparently in a gift-giving mood, and he gave every member of the offense–players and coaches, robes with their name and number on the back.
Oh, and there was another thing on them. A design featuring Williams flexing.
Jamaal Williams gives Lions’ teammates the kind of gift only he would
Customized robes for your teammates are one thing. Customized robes for your teammates with your own face on them is another level, and in Williams’ case it’s not an attempt to be vain.
"Williams: “They should have made me a little darker, but it’s fine. They got the hair right. … I kinda look like a girl, but I look cute, so it’s fine.”"
Guard Jonah Jackson was initially jealous, before he received his robe. He confirmed they are comfortable upon modeling it at his locker, with one adjustment apparently coming.
"I was like, ‘Where’s mine?'” “It’s a little tight around the midsection. We’ll figure it out. I got a tailor.”"
Christmas gift-giving is prevalent in the Lions’ locker room, as it surely is in locker rooms around the league. But it will be hard for any Lion to top what Williams did this year. Jackson ranked the gift over his time with the Lions, putting it in the “top three, top two.”