Jamaal Williams made some noise as he made the rounds Wednesday
Lions running back Jamaal Williams made the interview rounds on Wednesday, and it’s not surprising he made a little noise.
For as productive a player as he was this season, Jamaal Williams is clearly a vocal leader in the Detroit Lions locker room. During his postgame interview after the Week 18 win over the Green Bay Packers, he started in tears talking about the recent death of his great-grandfather.
Then came the heel turn that would make a WWE star jealous.
Williams made the rounds on Super Bowl radio row on Wednesday. It went about as expected, starting with ESPN’s “First Take”.
"It don’t matter. We taking the North. The change has started. The tide of the season change, it has started.”"
Appearing on “The Jim Rome Show” later, the venerable host wanted to learn about anime and wondered if someone his age could live the “nerd” lifestyle. Williams is open about his love of anime and nerdy things.
Williams talked about how the Lions can take another step next season (via SI.com).
"We’re trying so hard,” Williams said. “Like these first two years, like even the first year was trying to just flip it off as soon as we can to flip it up. Let them know that this is a different team. And I feel like they understand that. They feel it. The fans feel it from us, just how much we’re trying to win.It all comes down to just finishing games — three, probably three major plays in the game that we got to succeed on. And once you do that, then you win the game.”"
Jamaal Williams sounds fully committed to staying with the Lions
If his entire sentiment on Wednesday didn’t confirm it, Williams re-affirmed his desire to re-sign with the Lions. It’s not the first time he has said so, however eloquently.
Via Tim Twentyman of the Lions website:
"I really just want to stay with Detroit, if I can,” Williams told detroitlions.com on radio row at the Super Bowl on Wednesday. “Really just stay here and make my mark here. I really want to finish (my career) here if I could.“I understand it’s a business and the team has to do what’s best for them and I have to do what’s best for me, too, but I just really want us to come to a mutual agreement and just get it done and just get back to playing football.”"
The Lions will definitely welcome Williams back with open arms, as long as the price is right. It sounds like he might take a discount to stay, but running backs usually only get one significant bite at the financial apple and he should explore the open market too.