Who would’ve thought that the player whose named was butchered by Jerry Jones in 2010 would be going to the Super Bowl before the Cowboys owner?
Five seasons ago the Cowboys offered a training-camp invitation to a track star from UT-San Antonio. The kid was fast, but oh so raw. In training camp he turned heads. Even Jones was impressed. Sorta.
“With his type of speed, we just might have something in,” the owner told me in a radio interview that summer, “Liddy Williams.”
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The fact that Jones actually thought another human would be named “Liddy” is another topic for another blog. He soon realized that the speedster’s name was, duh, “Teddy.”
The Cowboys tried Williams at receiver and cornerback. He suited up for two games in 2010, spent 2011 on the practice squad and then was among the team’s final cuts in 2012. Since then he bounced from the Cardinals, Jaguars, Bears, Colts and, sure enough, the Panthers. If there was a key moment in Carolina’s demolition of the Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game, it was Williams’ recovery of Patrick Peterson’s fumbled punt in a 10-point game.
Williams, 27, has played in all 16 games as a backup cornerback and special teamer, recording three tackles, forcing a fumble and knocking down one pass.
It’s former Cowboy DeMarcus Ware will get all the attention in Santa Clara. But it’s Williams who just might get a ring.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.