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Catching up with Roy Williams

By Carlos 'Big C' Holmes, Staff Writer
Updated 2:09 PM Monday, July 20, 2009
When the Cincinnati Bengals signed veteran safety Roy Williams this offseason fans knew instantly the impact player the team was adding on defense. But what Bengal fans might be intrigued to learn is the high standard that the player holds himself to both on and off the field.

While many of the leagues players are off vacationing and resting up before training camp opens, Williams is in Cincinnati hard at work training with Clif Marshall, performance director of Ignition Athletics Performance Group in Mason, Ohio.

It was at Ignition where I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Williams about the things that are important to him. One of the first things I learned was his commitment to playing at a high level for the Bengals.

I had all the vacation I needed sitting out from football last season, Williams said. I felt that it was more important for me to get back in shape and get where I need to be. Our strength coach, Chip Morton, told me about Clifs energy and thats why Im here. Its a good fit for me and I hope to make the most of it.

Williams missed 13 games last season due to a broken forearm. Before that, he was a five time Pro Bowl selection (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007). The individual accolades seem to mean very little to Williams at this point in his career. Hes more focused on the here and now.

I am very blessed to have some Pro Bowls under my belt, but I dont get caught up in the hoopla of being a Pro Bowl safety, he said. It was an honor and I appreciate it, but thats the past. I cant worry about what happened then. I have to be able to produce on Sundays for the Bengals when they need me to perform.

I dont want people thinking that just because I played under coach Zimmer in Dallas that Im his boy. If he tells me to shut up I have to listen. Im working and fighting for this job. Theres nothing given to me and I am one of the guys trying to make the team. I just want to contribute. Im no better than anyone else on this team. Im not coming in here thinking that Im hot stuff and about to run things. I can be on the backseat and end up third-string.

Williams will be competing against the likes of Chris Crocker, Chinedum Ndukwe, Marvin White, Kyries Hebert and Corey Lynch during training camp.

You always have to come into situations humbled and understand your role, Williams said. Youre in here competing for a job to make the team better. If youre not making the team better you have to take a backseat or youre going to be out of here. I just want to be able to help and play to the level I was playing under Zim.

Williams played under Zimmer for five seasons while in Dallas where he had some of the best years of his seven-year career.

If minicamp was any indication of the role Williams will play in the Bengals defense this season, opposing offenses had better beware.

It was on one play during run drills where a small hole opened up along the line and Williams zoomed past linebacker Dhani Jones to make the play. Jones looked at the safety in amazement as if to say where the heck did you come from? Williams, of course, was just doing what he was brought in to do, make plays.

Williams is a player that leads by example and other players feed off his energy
mbc63

Good Post ..... Now we already knew this was going to happen.

To bad he will not play the Boys.


       Good Day
Nightrider

mbc63 wrote:
Good Post ..... Now we already knew this was going to happen.

To bad he will not play the Boys.


Good Day


I'm glad they don't play the Cowboys, but I'm also going to miss Roy, he was there during the bad times, and he played his heart out, now that the Cowboys are the team to beat, then it will be sad Roy won't be a part of that!
mbc63

Rider,

For sure Roy will be missed and in the end I hope JJ knows he messed up n letting Roy go.

He was one of my favorites and tho a Bengal ... I will follow him till he retires.

Good Day NR
LoneStar

Roy

Roy's worst year, 85 solo tackles and 2 ints. Not going to be easy for anybody to take his place. But the Cowboys look to have some good LBs that will take up the slack in Tackles and pass coverage.
mbc63

LS ..

That was some of Roys down fall. Not having good ALL around l/b's.

I for sure will miss Roy wearing the star.


Good Day
Nightrider

Roy

Roy needs to do what he's always done, don't talk to media, and just play, we'll see him in the Pro Bowl again.
mbc63

Re: Roy

Nightrider wrote:
Roy needs to do what he's always done, don't talk to media, and just play, we'll see him in the Pro Bowl again.


Agreed ... and hope he does just that. Your thoughts are shared by not just only me.

Good Day N.R.

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