The Sam Bowie-ization of Mario Williams
But it was pretty fashionable yesterday to look at Reggie Bush's day (61 yards rushing, 4.4 yards per carry average, 8 receptions, 58 yards receiving) and compare it with Mario Williams day (2.5 tackles, virtually no impact on the game), and sort of smirk at the Texans. The game commentators did it, ESPN did it, and the NFL Network did it. And, unfair as it might be, that's just going to be a fact of life for Williams.
My concern is that Williams will turn out to be an excellent player (and that's not necessarily a prediction) and still be a punchline, because Reggie Bush just shines so brightly. That's exactly what happened to Sam Bowie. The man is even a lyric in a Jay-Z song. And it's not completely fair, because Sam Bowie was a pretty decent player. He was just no MJ.
And Sam Bowie doesn't deserve that. If Reggie Bush turns out to be a hall of famer, and Mario Williams doesn't, it's fine to ridicule the Texans for it. What wouldn't be fair, though, is to hold Reggie Bush's greatness against Mario Williams, and it seems like there are people who are already eager to do that.