Wide receiver Roy Williams of the Dallas Cowboys drops a pass in front of LaRon Landry of the Washington Redskins.
After Dallas's 7-6 win over the visiting Redskins last Sunday, Washington safety LaRon Landry had an interesting take on the Cowboys' no. 1 receiver; namely, that he was playing scared. "Yeah. I know he was [scared]. Y'all can quote it, too," Landry said on the team's official blog. "Y'all can tell him right now, tell him I'm sayin' it. I can say it right now: yeah, he was scared, I think. I told him he was scared."
Williams responded on Tuesday, disputing Landry's claims, and seemingly taking pity on the hard-hitting safety, whose team is now 3-7.
"God bless the individual, the young man, we love him," Williams said. "He's coming off a tough loss to the Dallas Cowboys, so I guess that's what he had to say. I'm going to continue to play my game and move on, got a win under my belt and I'm smiling.
"When you've won two or three games that's what happens. It's just frustration with himself, with the team and the way things have been going. You envy others on winning ballclubs doing the things they're supposed to do. I'm just going to continue my job. God bless the young man, him and his family and his football team."
An appropriately, albeit sarcastically saccharine sentiment as we draw nearer to Thanksgiving Day; but what of the claims that Williams got alligator arms over the middle?
"I'm running across the middle, stretching out, trying my best to catch the football," Williams said. "If that's scared, let me know."
This is a classic "scoreboard" comeback, and very possibly the funniest of the sort since Patrick Roy responded to Jeremy Roenick's antagonism by saying, “I can't hear what Jeremy says because my ears are blocked with my 2 Stanley Cup rings.”
Whether or not Landry's claims have any real merit, no one but Roy Williams can know for sure; but Williams has seemingly emerged the victor from this small war of words--that much is clear.