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Mike Williams Reunites With Pete Carroll in Seattle for Another Chance

Aug 1, 2010 – 4:38 PM
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John Hickey

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RENTON, Wash. -- There was a time when it seemed like the world was ready to learn Mike Williams' name.

Maybe even sing his praises.

His first two seasons at USC were something out of the ordinary – 176 catches and 30 touchdowns. He thought that was good enough to make the jump into the NFL, so jump he did.

But even after being the 10th player selected in the 2005 draft after his effort to leave USC early forced him to sit out the 2004 season, his name didn't get around. He caught a touchdown pass in his first game for the Detroit Lions, but it was a high point in a low season. His game fell apart.

He played two years with the Lions, caught 37 passes and was cut loose. He landed in Oakland for six games in 2007. Tennessee picked him up, and he played two games before getting cut.

Through it all, the one-time athletic-looking Williams became a bloated version of himself, packing on the weight. There was no one to pick him up for the 2009 season, but when Pete Carroll moved from USC to Seattle, Williams found himself with one final chance to make a name for himself.

Williams got a tryout and did well enough to earn an invite to the Seahawks' training camp. Now he's up against it, one last chance to be the player his early USC history suggested he should be.

"I feel great,'' Williams said. "Even coming in (Saturday) with the conditioning test, that was just a warmup to get the legs going.''

And his legs – and the rest of him – easily proved they are in excellent shape, NFL shape, even.

"To be honest, as far as weight, that's one thing that's not a concern with me anymore,'' Williams said. "I came in under (the weight) they wanted me to be at, and I'm just going to keep moving forward, keep getting in shape, keep getting ready for the haul of the season.

"Weight is one of those things I don't really think about. I don't wake up anymore thinking about it, I don't care about it.''

Williams, who once said his mind wasn't filled enough with football during his early days in the NFL, has made it a point in the last 18 months to get his mind back to where it should be. He hooked up with his old conditioning coach and he's taken the time to learn about nutrition and the best way to lose weight and keep it off.

"I know what I want to eat, I know what I need to eat,'' he said. "I know how to condition myself, and that's kind of one of the many things I've put in the past. (I'm) just moving forward trying to improve on my technique every day.''

Is it time to sing? The next few weeks will tell.
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