Going back to school led to NFL dreams

By: AP Sports Email
By: AP Sports Email

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Sylvester Williams took an unconventional path to the NFL.

A lot like Ziggy Ansah and Bjoern Werner, who gave the draft some foreign flavor, the Denver Broncos' first-round draft pick was a late-bloomer.

He started just one football game in high school in Jefferson City, Mo., where he admittedly wasn't much of a student or an athlete.

He twice got kicked off the basketball team for poor grades and eventually was expelled for ditching too many classes.

After high school, Williams went to work in a factory making radiator parts and $400 a week, good money for a 19-year-old.

But the thought of hearing those whistles announcing lunch and cigarette breaks for the next four decades got him to thinking about giving the gridiron and the classroom another shot.


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