Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Williams burst onto the scene during his rookie season almost immediately – in his first game, the Buffalo native made a spectacular catch in the back of the endzone against the Browns. Throughout his rookie season he continued to dazzle. After being drafted with the 101st overall pick of the 4th round he finished his first year as a pro with 65-catches for 964-yards and 11 touchdowns. The 11 touchdown receptions were the most by a rookie since 1998, when Randy Moss put up 17, as a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings.
Most would characterize Williams’ first year in the NFL as a huge success, despite all the stats, it did not impress Williams. Who told Gary Shelton, of the St. Petersburg Times his goal is to win and win and win while grading his rookie performance as a C, or C-plus.
“I’d say it was a pretty good year,” Williams said, shrugging slightly. “But my goal is to win and win and win, and we didn’t get into the playoffs. I don’t consider that a great year.
“I could have done more. I was a little nervous. I was scared to make a mistake, scared to make a play. I was so timid, I was trying to go out and do the right thing. Now, I’m going to go there to make the play. If I make a mistake, I make a mistake. But I’m going to do it at full speed.”
You gotta, love the character and thinking from Williams who fell in the draft. The idea, that a player looks at the win loss record more then his own stats and deems a statistically successful season a failure because the team failed to make the playoffs. Shows a true determination towards winning.
On a side note: After the whole fiasco with the poorly crafted article by Tom Balog yesterday, Shelton one of the better journalist puts his stamp on a well crafted and insightful article. If Balog is reading this, he needs to see if Shelton is available for mentor-ship.