Extra Hour Of Practice = Nine-Year Career

March 12th, 2009

The Karl Williams story shows how an undrafted player can get a shot

The Karl Williams story shows how an undrafted player can get a shot

The NationalFootballPost.com has a real neat story on former Bucs wide receiver and return specialist Karl “The Truth” Williams and how he was discovered by a scout.

It’s a great scouting story — a true tale — about how a little extra work by Williams in his pro day and a little extra work by said scout turned into a nine-year NFL career.

After the scouts were done salivating over the studly group of linemen, who were recruited and groomed by current Eagles O-line coach Juan Castillo, I could only convince one scout to stay and work out Karl. He was Rustin Webster of the Buccaneers, now with the Seahawks, who was willing to stay in beautiful Kingsville for one more hour to work out the skinny receiver.

Jack Bechta, who authored the piece and represented Williams, went on to document how Williams was not drafted. But Bechta and Webster reached out to each other after the draft. Webster remembered Williams’ work ethic and his cooperation that day and decided to have then-Bucs general manager Rich McKay sign Williams.

We all know the rest of the story.

One Response to “Extra Hour Of Practice = Nine-Year Career”

  1. Sargeant Mike Says:

    The “Truth” was definitely a stand up guy. The league needs more guys like him and Jerevicious and Rob Moore etc. The Bucs have had there share of diamonds in the rough that were role players and Damn good ones too.