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Roy Williams finds a rookie to carry his pads in Chicago

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Last summer, a controversy brewed in Dallas after rookie receiver Dez Bryant refused to carry the pads of teammate Roy Williams.

Now Williams is in Chicago, and he had no trouble finding a rookie to carry his pads.

Jimmy Young, an undrafted rookie receiver from TCU, said he was surprised anyone even questioned whether he’d hold up the longstanding tradition of rookies having to carry veterans’ pads.

“I got a text message from somebody, and they were just like, ‘Man, I’m glad you didn’t pull a Dez Bryant.’ I’m like, ‘What?'” Young told “They just said something about me carrying Roy Williams’ pads, and I told them that it wasn’t a big deal to me at all. I had a free hand. I just grabbed them and went with it. It wasn’t a big deal.

Williams was pleased that Young did as he was told.

“Oh man, it was lovely,” Williams said. “I was like, ‘Hey 19, take my pads.’ ‘Yes sir.’ There was no, ‘I ain’t got to do this’ — none of that, so it was good.”

At a time when Jack Del Rio has outlawed rookie hazing at Jaguars camp, things are different in Chicago: Williams is still trying to put rookies in their place.

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59 Responses to “Roy Williams finds a rookie to carry his pads in Chicago”
  1. thetwilightsown says: Aug 11, 2011 7:33 AM

    Dez was too busy catching balls…

  2. nothingman20 says: Aug 11, 2011 7:35 AM

    Roy Williams should probably worry more about not sucking than who is carrying his pads.

  3. hailvictory44 says: Aug 11, 2011 7:38 AM

    Roy IF you were half as worried about getting open and catching footballs as you are about who you will find to carry your pads, then maybe, JUST maybe, you would be an average NFL receiver.

  4. birdobeamen says: Aug 11, 2011 7:39 AM

    As an Eagles fan, I took great joy in that little controversy last year.

    I was on Dez’s side too. How the hell you gonna carry another mans pads when you’re better than him?

    Kudos to Dez….now if he could only find someone to carry his pants.

  5. irishgary says: Aug 11, 2011 7:40 AM

    Another loser comes to Chicago. Good luck with Williams.

  6. britishraven says: Aug 11, 2011 7:41 AM

    Is this because Roy dropped them?

  7. JackLeone says: Aug 11, 2011 7:42 AM

    Roy Williams needs to carry pads until he can prove he can catch 80 passes….

  8. jcupo6 says: Aug 11, 2011 7:42 AM

    Roy Williams is an idiot.

  9. kevinfromphilly says: Aug 11, 2011 7:50 AM

    I guess that’s the difference between being a scrub on a semi-talented offense and a scrub on a talentless offense.

  10. 1bigtex says: Aug 11, 2011 7:50 AM

    Despite missing all of pre-season and a good portion of Training Camp, Dez caught more passes for more yards and more TDs than Roy. How you carry yourself in the game is much more important than who carries whose pads.

  11. jutts says: Aug 11, 2011 7:52 AM

    As a fan, I hope he doesn’t make the team. Couldn’t stand the guy in Detroit, Dallas, not to mention when he was at Texas.

  12. nagidac says: Aug 11, 2011 7:55 AM

    Next Roy will start sending rookies around to collect various engagement rings that he sent out in the mail.

  13. mbsbjb3 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:01 AM

    Dallas gave up a first rounder for that guy???

  14. tom35mt says: Aug 11, 2011 8:07 AM

    passive agressive back handed slap at Dez Bryant/lazy journalism

    NEXT !

  15. mojosmagic says: Aug 11, 2011 8:07 AM

    Now if you can only find someone to give you heart.

  16. greenbaypeckers says: Aug 11, 2011 8:10 AM

    “Hey 19, catch that ball for me”

  17. flyerscup2010 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:23 AM

    he smartly avoided telling a 1st round pick who has a higher prospect of staying on the team than roy does, opting instead for an undrafted rookie free agent. which is about the only type of player that has less, or at least similar, job security.

    in short: roy williams, lol

  18. mhs8031 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:26 AM

    Roy needs to earn respect. I disagree with hazing as well.

  19. jacunn2000 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:27 AM

    Wow… Just wow. This is why Roy has not been successful in the NFL.

  20. cassrangers says: Aug 11, 2011 8:30 AM

    I think too much has been made out of this entire ordeal… Any better stories than about someone willing or not willing to carry Roy Williams pads? Love the media…

  21. redbear18 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:31 AM

    To be honest, carrying someone else’s pads isn’t that big of a deal. Some rookie hazing gets extreme enough that I can understand it being spoken against, but this isn’t a huge deal…

  22. wicky888 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:41 AM

    Pretty soon Jimmy Young will be wearing his pads and taking his snaps and catching his passes when Roy Williams is released

  23. mdd913 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:49 AM

    Roy ought to be carrying the rookie’s pads because by the end of the year he’ll probably be behind him on the depth chart.

  24. jagerbmb says: Aug 11, 2011 8:53 AM

    Roy couldn’t carry Dez’s jockstrap

  25. lionpride10 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:57 AM

    They have someone to carry Roys pads, now they just need someone to carry the team.

  26. bucfandango says: Aug 11, 2011 9:01 AM

    I’d be more worried about Cutler, the greatest show on dirt.

    Lovie has his hands full. Run Rod, before it’s too late.

    Rod: “Not before I have Brian knock this guy out in practice. I owe him one, you know.”

  27. tatum064 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:06 AM

    At least Williams pays for his jewelry.

  28. TheDPR says: Aug 11, 2011 9:09 AM

    This is what you expect from someone who is handed millions and a starting job even though he sucks.

  29. joelvis72 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:10 AM

    Hey 19, bend over.

  30. bhindenemylines says: Aug 11, 2011 9:10 AM

    Maxi-pads, right?

    ‘Cause Roy has been acting like a little girl ever since he signed with Dallas.

    I can think of 100 other things Roy should be concentrating on instead of his pads. Catching the ball, not fumbling the ball, signing up for a free trial on, etc.

  31. cas5875 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:11 AM

    First and third, oh and they gave him a new contract too.

  32. bengalsown says: Aug 11, 2011 9:12 AM

    thetwilightsown says: Aug 11, 2011 7:33 AM

    Dez was too busy catching balls…

    With his chin

  33. crankdatmanningham82 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:14 AM

    The only recievers who should be askin rookies to carry their pads are Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson Jr…work on your game man and carry Jimmy Young’ pads.

  34. jacksaysfu says: Aug 11, 2011 9:24 AM

    Man if you didn’t hate Roy Williams before, here’s some more evidence.

  35. snowpea84 says: Aug 11, 2011 9:25 AM

    Roy is in for a big year. 100+ yards 10td’s

  36. cmutimmah says: Aug 11, 2011 9:30 AM

    mbsbjb3 says:
    Aug 11, 2011 8:01 AM
    Dallas gave up a first rounder for that guy???


    NO… They gave up a first, third, and 7th I think… LOL

    The fact that the Lions pawned off Kitna and Roy Boy to the Cowboys for ANYTHING is amazing… let alone 4 draft picks.

  37. cardiovascularendurance says: Aug 11, 2011 9:32 AM

    Roy Williams should be carrying Devin Hester’s pads.

  38. drshankenstein says: Aug 11, 2011 9:34 AM

    Well, it didn’t take long for him to be himself, did it ? Another scumbag WR..

  39. minnesconsin says: Aug 11, 2011 9:36 AM

    roy comes across as petty and insecure, like that guy who walks around the locker room and practice field like he’s the star, belittling rookies and special teams players and wondering why no one else is laughing. the kinda guy who everyone else apologizes for after he’s left the room. for the life of me, i can’t figure out why teams keep throwing money at this guy?

  40. cardmagnet says: Aug 11, 2011 9:39 AM

    Roy Williams’ hands have enough trouble catching balls without him adding more strain to them with hauling around pads.

  41. hrudey says: Aug 11, 2011 9:40 AM

    Jaguars players can still have rookies carry their pads; JDR eliminated hazing. Per the article (copied from ESPN, but probably identical everywhere) :

    Del Rio made it clear that hazing should be limited to the “Rookie Show,” an annual talent competition put on by newcomers. Del Rio also will allow dance competitions in the locker room and continue to have rookies carry veterans’ helmets and shoulder pads off the field following practices.

  42. p01ntman says: Aug 11, 2011 9:43 AM


  43. chadmurdigan says: Aug 11, 2011 9:46 AM

    And how many millions of dollars are being paid to pre-adolescent fools who get their kicks from hazing rookies. Good for Del Rio for outlawing that nonsense and encouraging players to focus on more serious matters… like catching a pass for a change, Roy.

  44. klunge says: Aug 11, 2011 9:48 AM

    cmutimmah says:
    The fact that the Lions pawned off Kitna and Roy Boy to the Cowboys for ANYTHING is amazing… let alone 4 draft picks.

    The word is out now…one false move and you’ll suddenly find yourself Mayhew’s beotch. Just ask Jerry Jones.

  45. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 11, 2011 9:51 AM

    Roy Williams is a complete bust. I’m not in the NFL, but if I were, and I were a rookie WR, I would tell Roy that i was going to carry a guys pads who is productive. Like Johnny Knox.

  46. mvp43 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:07 AM

    Well, who cares about finding a rookie to carry his bags…………..he better be scouting out the closest UPS or FedEx store in the event he wants to get engaged again !

  47. blueandsilverftw says: Aug 11, 2011 10:15 AM

    Im glad Dez stood up to him and said “Hell no, who you think I am?”.. Hahahaha, Roy Williams was a plague to our offense last year. Dude jux doesnt have heart. Jux because he a veteran in the league dont mean he aint a rookie to chi town.. jux sayin’

    Attention W**re Williams.

  48. thenmoveback says: Aug 11, 2011 10:24 AM

    Roy Williams should be carrying the rookies pads, maybe if a superstar ask u to carry his pads but Roy Williams pad’s… better wash the stank off after

  49. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 11, 2011 10:25 AM

    Dez had his hands full stealing jewelry and pulling his pants down.

  50. melonnhead says: Aug 11, 2011 10:30 AM

    NO… They gave up a first, third, and 7th I think… LOL

    The fact that the Lions pawned off Kitna and Roy Boy to the Cowboys for ANYTHING is amazing… let alone 4 draft picks.


    They traded Anthony Henry for Kitna straight up. They traded a 1st, a 3rd and a 6th for Roy Williams and a 7th.

  51. breeshasasprole says: Aug 11, 2011 10:39 AM

    Roy… Rookies can carry your pads or not carry your pads either way you were still the best player on the Saints team on thanksgiving. Thanks for all the memories!!!!

  52. bigrickda1 says: Aug 11, 2011 10:41 AM

    Glad the experience of getting cut by the team you dreamed of playing for since you were a boy has humbled Roy. This only ensures to me that he will surely live up to those lofty expectations set by Martz. (sarcasm)

  53. jacksaysfu says: Aug 11, 2011 10:52 AM

    At least TO has talent. There’s nothing more annoying than a cancerous BUM. What the hell was Chicago thinking this entire off- season ? This is why Wash ALWAYS fails. Spending on recgonizable names, washed up players!

  54. crefan says: Aug 11, 2011 11:12 AM

    While the rookie has Roy Williams carry his jock.

  55. ididntsaythat says: Aug 11, 2011 11:19 AM

    Hey Roy! If you would have carried Dez’s pads you may still be on the team! I had to suffer watching you drop 80% of the balls that came your way! You dropped them and smiled! You are a Lazy *%^(*
    Just watch out for the snowballs that may come your way in Chicago!!

  56. cubano76 says: Aug 11, 2011 11:46 AM

    Roy should be looking for a set of hands that work instead of a rookie to carry his pads.

  57. 1bigtex says: Aug 11, 2011 12:14 PM


    About that Kitna trade, Dallas traded a guy they were going to cut and who is now out of the league for a good back-up QB. Still think Anthony Henry and his 6 total starts makes Detroit the winner on that deal?

  58. 2ndaryinsanity says: Aug 11, 2011 2:35 PM

    Can Roy have a rookie catch passes for him on the field during games???? I can’t believe Johnny Knox got benched in favor of of this clown. I can hardly wait for the fireworks to start….how many passes do you think Roy drops before Jay Cutler throws a tantrum????

  59. dd393 says: Aug 11, 2011 8:44 PM

    He’s found his niche.

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