“I’d Rather Nobody Know Who I Am”

September 9th, 2010

One of Joe’s favorite sportswriters has penned a telling feature on wide receiver Mike Williams for the Buffalo News, the rookie’s hometown newspaper.

This is an insightful read that Joe suggests you check out.

Williams delves into his mother’s regular coaching influence now, as well as when he was only allowed to play football with her at home until he turned 10 years old.

Williams also explains how he wants to fly under the radar, “I’d rather nobody know who I am.”

The kid hasn’t played a real game, but there’s a massive pile of hope sitting on his back. Joe is pulling for him.

16 Responses to ““I’d Rather Nobody Know Who I Am””

  1. goodfellajay Says:

    well they will know you very soon..

  2. Jbyrd Says:

    I heart Mike Williams

  3. big007hed Says:

    Good read, I like what I read about and from this kid, I hope he performs great for the Bucs but I also don’t want to throw too much on him either….. GO BUCS

  4. Larry Says:

    What a great story. I’ve been thinking that the Buc’s made a steal and this story kind of reinforces that thought. Go for it Mike – you can be a winner if you keep listening to your Mom!

  5. @eric Says:

    Nobody does know him…………..YET… I picked him in my fantasy draft in round 14 and the entire room said….MW? from Seattle you mean….NOPE….just you wait and see MW from TB and you’re all going to be very sorry…
    GO BUCS!!!

  6. Will the Beast Says:

    They are going 2 know your name brother and they will say if frequently followed by fire dem cannons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Mom knows best hw to make u the best…Keep it up an u cant go wrong! GO BUCS!!!!!!!!1

  8. jaytek74 Says:

    I am pulling for the kid and I do hope he keeps honoring his mother and listening to wise advice. It is refreshing to see a talented kid who is humble and wants to play hard. It is a rare gem considering how many selfish, money hungry wide receivers are in the league who have lazy work ethics. I hope he excels but remains humble and I will always root for him.

  9. eric Says:

    I wonder if he consulted his mother before dropping out of college?

  10. thomas Says:

    He’d rather nobody know who he is? Well he is playing in the right place. Sports Illustrated ranking for Your Bucs: 31st.

    Most number 2 receivers that catch fewer balls and TD’s than their TE tend to go a little unnoticed. However, if MW played for a better org – he would be noticed nationally b/c he is talented.

  11. BamBamBuc Says:

    He didn’t drop out of college, he left the football team. His grades got him suspended from the team. I don’t know the specifics, only he and his coach probably know the full story, but apparently when he was able to return to the team, there was a misunderstanding between he and the coaches and he left the team. And I’m sure he talked to his mother about it at some point.

  12. ZeroExpectations Says:

    Bam Bam:

    “…he left the football team”

    That means he quit

    “His grades got him suspended from the team”

    That means he failed out.

    “there was a misunderstanding between he and the coaches and he left the team”

    He quit the team with an attitude.

    Translation, Raheem will take anybody.

    See Blount.

    Hopefully they both work out along with Talib and stay out of trouble. But if they screw up, then Dom and Rah will have egg on their face.

    But you will be there to defend them right?

  13. BucRayJ Says:

    I can dig the kid taking a step away from the limelight. Silent Assassin? We’ll see if this attitude progresses with the more attention he receives. I watched the guy plummet in all 3 of my fantasy leagues, and I gladly obliged.

  14. christopher Says:

    Zero…is that how you go through life? such negativity…

    Mike Williams vehemently denies to this day that he quit football. If he really quit, why would the Syracuse coach go to bat for him, as he has done.

    YOU don’t know what happened, nor do I. YOU don’t know what the Boise St kid or fans said(I know Blount thought he was being threatened by a chair from the fans).

    Yet you’re forming opinions based on facts you don’t know, *including* that Raheem will take anybody on his football team, & I’m sure, that Raheem is just an awful coach.

    Bill Cowher drafted Rothleisberger…did he just take anybody too?

    Actually, I bet if Bill Cowher had a bad 1st year, you’d be actively doubting his competence…

  15. McBuc Says:

    Zero…I guess you could say the same about every coach, since most teams have taken a risk on someone. How about right here in Tampa past? Sapp, failed a drug test in college, I guess Wyche would take anyone, and since Dungy did not come right in and cut him he would take anyone too. Oh, and Gruden waited too long to cut him as well. Gruden really liked Pittman, so I guess he will take just about anyone as well, I also beleive he brought Stevens here.

    I have “ZERO expectations” of you ever seeing the brightside of anything. Why don’t you go root for a team you like.

  16. BucRayJ Says:


    If you were in Rah’s shoes, coming off of a 3-13 year and lingering talks about being on the hot seat, wouldn’t you just about take anybody that you thought might help the team win? I’m sure you were of the opinion that Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer would’ve taken anybody on the 90s Cowboys team too? That doesn’t change the fact that they were MULTIPLE Super Bowl Champions. I’m not condoning the acts some guys make in the league, but not everybody is Peyton Manning..especially when the clock is ticking and you’re trying to put butts in seats.