Vince Williams has the Roman Pierce we hungry mentality to him. You probably already knew that, Williams one of the tone setters for the Pittsburgh Steelers and special teams monster. On Twitter yesterday afternoon, he told the story of how he gave himself an extra advantage to make the team and how hard he worked to secure a spot on the club.
To put it simply, he stole the Steelers’ playbook he technically wasn’t allowed to take home after OTAs.
That decision clearly paid off. Williams made the club his rookie year and wound up seeing significant playtime after Larry Foote’s injury in Week One against the Tennessee Titans. He officially started 11 games that year, racking up 53 total tackles.
He’s been a rotational piece at inside linebacker ever since, starting or rotating in whenever Ryan Shazier has gotten hurt. And he’s solidified himself as a core special teamer and frankly, one of the most enjoyable guys to watch on the team.
Williams sent out a series of passionate tweets about how hard he’s worked and the teammates who motivate him.
Personally, I love that LeBeau tweet the most.
Williams was rewarded with a 3 year, $5.5 million contract right before the regular season last year. If Lawrence Timmons is not retained, something that still seems 50/50, Williams will be the favorite to start opposite Shazier in 2017.
Now’s a good time to re-post the last video I did for Depot highlighting Williams’ dominance in the AFC Divisional Game against the Kansas City Chiefs if you missed it before or want to revisit. Because it’s a lot of fun to watch.
Unrelated to Williams but if you want to see any specific breakdowns for offseason videos like the one above, let me know the topic you’d like to see us explore.