Former USC Football star wide receiver Mike Williams left USC in 2005 to enter the NFL, and was the 10th pick in the draft that year. To say he was highly touted is an understatement, with descriptions such as this: There may not be a better physical specimen in the entire draft. Williams did not live up to the expectations. Then last November the Tennessee Titans signed him. Now, according to a recent story, Williams may be back.
Today, the 6-foot-5 Williams is down nearly 30 pounds to 242 from his weight in January. He opened eyes in practices open to media in May and June, which got the attention of his teammates. But when someone paid him a compliment on the last day of organized workouts, he had a matter-of-fact reply. Williams, more than anyone, knows he’s done nothing yet.
Best of luck to Williams, SC fans want nothing more than to see him return to his prior glory.
Not that the Trojans need any further motivation when they face the Ohio State Buckeyes on 13SEP08, after all this game will feature the #1 and #4 teams in the land during the second week of the 2008 season. But, Trojan fans remember that it was Buckeye running back, turned felon, Maurice Clarett who caused Williams to declare early.
In 2004, a federal judge ruled that the NFL’s rule restricting younger players from entering the draft violated antitrust laws. The lawsuit was initiated by Clarett. The judge was later overturned, so Williams and Clarett were not eligible for the draft for another year.
So thanks Judge Scheindlin and Maurice Clarett for robbing SC of the talents of Williams. The Men of Troy can get some revenge against Ohio State this year on the field. Judge Scheindlin received her slap down from the Second Circuit.