6’3, at a weight of 232 pounds, linebacker Willie
Williams may not be a household name, but he should be. He’s
a star. Maybe not a football star, but a star nonetheless. Recently,
Williams, under scholarship at the University of Miami, requested
a transfer from the school that looked past his rap sheet, which
included ten arrests as a minor and a parole violation charge just
DAYS AFTER HE SIGNED! If the Hurricanes do indeed give him a release,
it will end an era of perhaps the greatest college athlete, in
terms of charisma, ever. The following are recruiting trip
and interview excerpts of that ‘risma from the man known
as “Da Predator” to his fans and ‘The Weasel” to
his detractors. If nothing else, we know Willie likes to eat good.
The Wheel salutes you, Williams.
Miami Herald Report Manny Navarro’s ongoing tracking
Florida State University
''When Coach Bowden picked me up, he had a box of chicken
wings for me... there was only like two wings. I told him `Coach,
we're still going to dinner right?”
Haggins told us to order as much as we wanted. I ordered a
steak and a lobster tail. The lobster tail was like $49.99.
I couldn't believe something so little could cost so much.
The steak didn't even have a price.”
then I saw what the other guys were ordering, I was like, `Forget
this.' I called the waiter back and told him to bring me four
lobster tails, two steaks and a Shrimp Scampi. It was good.
I took two boxes back with me to the hotel.''
Bowden was cool, but Ms. Bowden was the bomb. I
swear, she must be related to Betty Crocker or something. When
we walked into that house, it was like walking into a Publix
Bakery -- banana pudding, chocolate cake, cheesecake. I had one
of everything. I didn't want to leave.''
''I really wanted to go to Red Lobster for some more lobster
and steak (per the FSU visit, no doubt), but they told
me the wait was two hours. So I got me some baby back ribs, buffalo
wings and shrimp. Even though I ordered first, somehow, I was
still the last one to get my food.”
know how it is, those girls are supposed to be there to cheer
you up. But I told them, `I ain't no animal, and I ain't going
to eat no plant. I'm from Miami. I don't
eat that. You farm people are used to it, but not me.'' (After
several female hosts, nicknamed the ‘Tigerettes,’ offered
him some of their spinach dip)
''One guy decided it was enough for him to commit. They tried
to get me to join him. The girls were shouting, `We want you
Willie. We want you.' I couldn't do it. So I just waved good-bye
and got on the bus.''
“When I saw Coach Coker was driving the Escalade, I
was like, `Dang, coach got some taste.' ''
get to a red light and I would hold on because the bus driver
would just take it. Coach Coker was like, `Willie, we've got
police escorts.' I told him, 'Thank God. I thought the police
were trying to pull us over and give us a ticket.'”
was running like a blind man. I had my eyes closed cause I
didn't want none of that smoke to get in my eyes. Coach was
like, `It's OK, Willie. It isn't going to hurt you.' Now, I know." (Running
out of a tunnel through a giant-sized UM helmet and the infamous
and I figured we would stuff the Miami Hurricane
jerseys under our clothes. Bobby hid his in his stomach, but
he looked pregnant.''
''I ate so many meatballs, the people there started looking
like meatballs. Some guy kept trying to get me to eat these alligator
tails, but I wasn't having it. I told him `I'm not the Crocodile
Hunter.' I don't touch reptiles.''
was Gatorade all over the place.'' I was like `I get it. Gatorade
was made at Florida.' ''
''The first night I was OK with eating at the stadium. But
when they told me we’re going to eat there again, I was a
little disappointed. I was like, `Take us to Red Lobster or something.'
``That's when I pretty much made up my mind. I can't live
in a place that don't have any restaurants. What am I going to
do -- fly home to eat shrimp?''
From a 2004 interview with Canesport.com
Q: What are we going to see (on the field)?
Williams: Man, I'm planning on doing a lot of action.
Fox Sports Net 2004 feature, “Countdown
to Signing Day”
“Yeah, I’d have to give the plug to State. You
know, their food was just amazing – you know, they wined
us and dined us with lobster, shrimp, strawberry daiquiri. You
know, it was great, but you know they had some great food, but
I have to give the plug to Florida State,
they had the biggest steaks.” (laughter)
the recruiting trip to Florida in
"I've never seen him act like that," said Akeem Robinson,
an offensive lineman who played with Williams last season at Miami-Carol City
and shared a room with him during their official visit to Florida Jan. 30-Feb.
1. "I was very surprised. I asked him, 'What the heck is wrong with
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker allegedly "grabbed/hugged" a
female UF student against her will at 11 p.m. Jan. 30, engaged
in a fight at a local nightclub at around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 31 and
discharged fire extinguishers about 90 minutes later at local hotel
where UF was housing recruits, according to police reports.
Kelly, South Florida Sun Sentinel reporter on July 6, 2006
(Describing a call to Williams checking in on his summer, he gets
the answering machine)
“After a few seconds of listening to Spanish television
[next time try not to use a Toyota commercial from Telemundo, Willie],
Da Predator comes on and says in his best Hispanic accent: ‘Eh, Eh, Eh,
right now I in Cuba, right now. You call me later and I get
back to you as soon as possible. Soon as possible. What you say Jesus (prounounced