History will note that the fourth pick of last night’s draft was Trent “Silverback” Williams.
The moment was a surprise since we can’t remember a nickname ever coming out of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s lips, much less one already accounted for.
The nickname was given to Williams by his teammates in college because Williams is a “beast” on the field. Williams mentioned it to Goodell the other day.
“We had a meeting with him in the office and I was just joking around
with him. It was kind of quiet and I just wanted to throw a little joke
in. He asked me, did I want him to do it? I said, ‘Go ahead.’ I really
didn’t think he would.”
We liked it. There’s no reason why the reading of picks should be a solemn occasion.
Pete Rozelle, always cracking up at the reaction of Jets and Giants fans, knew that well.