Mike Williams: The rebirth

August 30, 2010

From 2002-2003 Mike Williams torched opposing college football defenses. The 6 foot 5, 230 pound wide receiver ran wild for a total of 2,579 yards along with 30 touchdowns as a USC Trojan. After two years of dominating the college ranks Mike Williams decided it would be best to take his talents to the NFL, but making this choice after only completing two years of college would end up back firing on the stand out receiver.

The NFL has a rule stating that only players three years removed from college can make themselves eligible for the NFL draft. This rule was legally challenged by another stand out athlete, Maurice Clarett who was suspended by Ohio State following his 2002 freshman year after he decided to make himself eligible for the draft. After a court case the judge ruled that the NFL could not legally stop Clarett from entering the draft. Hearing the ruling, Mike Williams hired an agent and entered the 2004 NFL draft. But eventually the United States courts of appeal overturned that decision which made Williams and Clarett ineligible for the 2004 NFL draft.  So after a long two year lay off from the field, Williams was eventually selected 10th pick overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2005 NFL draft, but this Williams was not the same football player who once dominated the college field.

He was out of shape with less than impressive conditioning and he often dropped many passed that were thrown his way. After only two seasons with the Lions Williams was traded to the Oakland Raiders where his less than impressive play continued. After dropping a crucial pass in a game against the Tennesse Titans, Williams was quickly released and his football career was in a downward spiral. Ironically in 2007 Mike Williams ended up signing with the Titans, but after weight issues with Williams reportedly at one point having been 270 pounds he was released from the team in 2008.

At this point it seemed as if Mike Williams was going to be one of the biggest NFL bust in recent memory, but sometimes you have to get knocked around a little bit before you can get back up. Last November Williams returned back to the USC campus and his goal was simple, to make a comeback. He had changed his conditioning and attitude by dropping down to 130 pounds, the same weight that he was in college. With this rebuilt frame Williams attempted to tryout for the Seattle Seahawks who are now coached by Pete Carroll, the same coach Williams played for at USC. After showing flashes of what made him once a great player, the Seahawks signed Williams to a one year contract, giving Williams one more chance to prove he can still be a great player. This year in the preason, the 26 year old Williams looks like he may be turning himself into a respectable NFL wide receiver.

So far during the preseason Williams has a total of 149 receiving yards and one touchdown over a three game period. It is reported that he is turning heads in practice and looks like he can be apart of the turning point of a struggling franchise. In a time where many NFL stories are disheartening it’s good to see at least one bright spot in the league. I sincerely hope that Mike Williams can rebirth his career, he is a very talented player who seems to be heading down the right path. I think we can all learn from his story, all it takes is a little motivation and some will power to rebound when it seems like everything is going down hill. He is proving that we all can get second chances but we have to take full advantages of them and be willing to put in the work for second chance to be a successful one.



  1. I always liked watching Mike play in college. I figured he’d be another JJ, but lost interest when he took the low road. Glad he’s back. Should be fun again to watch.

  2. I really wish Mike Williams hadn’t gone to USC. It got to his head. He had such amazing talent, and threw it away. One donut here, two pieces of pie there, and the once ultra athletic receiver started looking more like a blocking Tight End. Maybe Pete Carroll can get him to play like he did in college, but the odds are not in his favor. I hate the Seahawks, as I am a die hard San Francisco 49ers fan, and hope they lose every game. I will however silently root for Mike Williams, because I like watching people who can do great things succeed. GO 49ERS

    • They won’t lose every game but I don’t see them making any kind of playoff run anytime soon, ha. $9ers have a pretty good chance to take the NFC west over the Cardinals unless Derek Anderson starts playing like Kurt Warner used to.

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