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  • A Dream Come True: An Old Article on Worrell Williams

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/new...of-joining-dj/



    By Jeff Legwold, Rocky Mountain News
    Published February 23, 2009 at 6:47 p.m.


    The list is there every day, a trophy-shelf slice in a family history.

    Prep phenom. High school All-American. The one guy NFL Hall of Famer John Madden once said could go straight from high school to the pros. First-round draft pick. NFL starter.

    Yes, that's Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams right there.

    And Worrell Williams, his brother and pro-linebacker hopeful, wouldn't have it any other way.

    "It's never been anything but great to be D's brother," Williams said. "Some people ask me if it's a burden or if it's hard. Not at all. If I was not his brother, things may not have happened for me, you probably wouldn't be interviewing me right now. My belief is it's opened up a lot of opportunities for me, and I embrace that, I'm not going to shy away from that, he's my brother.

    "He paved the way for me and I want to be sure I don't mess up. Do my thing and follow on that path."

    And, truth be told, Worrell Williams is hoping that path could somehow lead to the Broncos' Dove Valley complex.

    The University of California product heads into the NFL workout season among the top 10 linebackers on many teams' draft boards at what happens to be the deepest position in this year's talent pool.

    He's smart, studies and understands the game. Game video shows he's also explosive, versatile and - he is quick to point out - prepared to play in the Broncos defense if the team wanted him to.

    "I would love that, that would be a dream come true for all of us in our family," D.J. Williams said. "But I'm just happy he's my younger brother, following my footsteps in some ways, but really making his own path at the same time."

    "They already have Boss and Champ (Bailey) on their team, so maybe they'd like another set of brothers," Worrell Williams said. "We've talked about it, and (D.J. Williams) is like, 'We might be calling your number on that Saturday or Sunday.' That's my dream, to play with him. He said he'd love it. That would be sweet. They're going to the 3-4, and I just came out of the 3-4."

    The Broncos indeed are going to a 3-4 look on defense under first-year coach Josh McDaniels.

    And Worrell Williams played in the Golden Bears' 3-4 look last season in addition to playing inside and outside linebacker during his time at Cal.

    He said he played at about 255 pounds when he was on the weak side - on the opposite side of the formation away from the tight end - and also played in the middle at about 244 pounds.

    "I think he'll be a great player," D.J. Williams said of his brother. "He's a true (middle) linebacker type. He's short, but he's stocky and very athletic. And you can tell by the way he's played he has football intelligence. . . . I never really pushed football with him or anything like that, he just started playing. I'm just happy he's had a great career in college and just to see the way he's handled himself and played on the field too is special."

    Worrell Williams said he didn't have a formal interview scheduled with the Broncos in Indianapolis, but experience also tells him that's not an indication whether Denver's interested in a player.

    In part, because McDaniels is expected to run a tight-lipped ship, even inside his own building, the same kind of approach he was a part of in New England.

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick keeps most things compartmentalized, with each part of the organization routinely dealing only with the information it needs to get the job done, while the overview, and all the accompanying information, is communicated to only a small, select group.

    But even in Mike Shanahan's tenure, the Broncos' top draft picks, including D.J. Williams, often never officially met with team officials before being selected. The Broncos are one of the few teams in draft history to have taken a quarterback - Jay Cutler - among the top 15 picks without having met face to face beforehand.

    "So, no, I haven't talked to them, don't have anything scheduled with them," Worrell Williams said. "But we all know that's not uncommon. That was D.J.'s thing - he got up on that stage and said, 'I never even talked to the Broncos.' They didn't even look at him. So, maybe God is working His magic, and that's my hope."

    "It's been great to see him go through this process because I definitely think it was tough for him sometimes," D.J. Williams said. "Whenever you have an older brother that maybe is successful in something, people sometimes put your names together that you're going to be as successful doing the same things. Wherever he went sometimes, I know people said, 'He's D.J.'s younger brother,' but I think he's making his own name, he's his own man.

    "I mean, I won't mind when I'm 'Worrell's older brother' because that means he's been great and successful in whatever he does."

    * Led Bears in forced fumbles in '07 with three.

    * Cal's second-leading tackler in '07.

    * His 246 career tackles rank 11th all time at the school.
    This is a dream come true.

    This is his chance. When he gets on that field, he'll be putting everything he has into getting that roster spot. I can't wait to see him. Here's to making dreams happen!
    Last edited by Fargo; 08-21-2010, 02:27 PM.
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    :ahem:



    Is there anybody who's remotely surprised at how this worked out?
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    • #3
      This is outstanding. I can’t wait till this kid hits the field and does some damage. Two brothers helping turn the tide for our Broncos, ugh, I can’t wait to see how this develops!

      Thanks for sharing!
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      • #4
        A 3-4 guy who bombed the Combine. He was projected to be drafted in the middle rounds.
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        • #5
          I remember this article. Pretty cool.
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          • #6
            I was actually one of the few who wanted Denver to draft. Sucks that we didn't, but we have him now. It's great for him though, he gets to learn from his brother. Hope he turns out great.

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            • #7
              I miss the Rocky Mountain News...

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              • #8
                I remember reading this article when it was current and thinking I would really like to have Worrell here. He's built similar to his brother, but with a little extra explosiveness. The difference has always been the same, DJ is the more instinctive football player, the part that is really hard to teach, where Worrell relies on his athletic ability. I'm interested in seeing how hard DJ can push Worrell, as I'm sure he is well aware this may be his last chance to get back into the NFL. Here's to hoping for a best case scenario for the Williams brothers.
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                • #9
                  It really is pretty cool that Worrell is getting his shot now, even though it's over a year later. Hopefully he can produce and make a decent impact.

                  Anyone know how he did in the game today?

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                  • #10
                    Battle in the trenches

                    Hi all, curious as to how you all feel our OL and DL will perform this Sunday against the Steelers. I am looking forward to seeing how the OL plays with most starters finally playing. I am also interested in seeing how Bannan, McBean and Williams do stuffing the running game and controlling the line of scrimmage.

                    I have been disappointed to this point with the Broncos inability to win the Battle in the trenches on either side of the ball.

                    Tell me how you think they will do this week.
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                    • #11
                      The Broncos Identity for me is confusing these days.

                      In 2008 I was excited to see the Offense
                      In 2009 I was excited to see our Defense
                      and now in 2010 I am just excited to see our Offense

                      This year I am looking forward to seeing our 5 up front, since Orton is looking sharp and our young OL will being eyed by all of us.

                      Our Defense and "Winks" Playcalling has been the worst I have seen in years(hopefully since its just preseason)

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                      • #12
                        This will be Walton's first tase of a power house lining up on him througout the game, it will be good to see how he works, and how beadles will work chipping and moving to the next level, or picking up preasures while not being "covered"

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                        • #13
                          Due to injury and

                          the fact that everyone uses vanilla formations in preseason, it is really hard to figure out what the Broncos have in the trenches BUT I think they will do fine come "show time"!:thumb:

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by broncopuppy View Post
                            Hi all, curious as to how you all feel our OL and DL will perform this Sunday against the Steelers. I am looking forward to seeing how the OL plays with most starters finally playing. I am also interested in seeing how Bannan, McBean and Williams do stuffing the running game and controlling the line of scrimmage.

                            I have been disappointed to this point with the Broncos inability to win the Battle in the trenches on either side of the ball.

                            Tell me how you think they will do this week.
                            I think the Pitt O-line lost Colon or the season to Achillies, and that line has not been great the past few years. I expect some penetration from the fromt 3, and see the LB's eat up running backs. I am guessing Haggan is back inside this game, so that should help a bunch.
                            A super bowl victory is the only thing that matters in a season. So to show improvement you have to get closer than we were last year. So the AFCC game is a good answer if we only match what we did last year it is a failure. The Giants were 9-7 and won it all so record or first round bye mean nothing unless you win it all-

                            #87Birdman wrote it- adding Manning, the Broncos should be held to it, and certain posters think otherwise and we know who you are.....

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                            • #15
                              I don’t know if Clady will be back for the Pitt game but hen he does get back I do believe that it will help Beadles with his game a lot. That left side should be well protected. I really like the Rookie Center I think he is doing very well and will get some Tom Nalen attitude in a few years

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