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Trent Williams said he learned lesson from drug suspension

File photo of Redskins first round draft pick Williams heading to the field during the second day of the team's NFL football training camp in Ashburn Reuters

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams knows it’s his responsibility to take care of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

But that extends to his off-field responsbility as well, and coming from Williams, that’s revealing.

Williams told ESPN.com’s Dan Graziano that being suspended the final four games of last season opened his eyes, and made him realize how important it is for him to be more accountable.

“Everybody knows the great things he can do,” Williams said of Griffin. “But no one player makes the offense. It takes all 11, and if we’re not doing our job, he won’t do as well.

“But as long as we’re doing our job and surrounding him with good examples of how to be a pro, he could be one of the best to ever do this.”

That’s a simple enough and typical quote in a team game, but it Williams lives up to his end of the bargain, it takes on added significance.

“You kind of take it for granted until everything is taken away from you and you see how much football is the biggest part of your life,” Williams said of his suspension. “With that gone, the emptiness that you experience is like nothing else.

“It was a tough, tough couple of months for me. It was painful to watch the games, kind of like pouring salt into the wounds, but I had to watch. Just to let myself know what I got myself into.”

The suspension for multiple failed drug tests wasn’t the only thing that frustrated coaches about the talented pass-protector, as lapses of concentration and inconsistent effort were part of the package with the still-23-year-old.

“I expect real big things from Trent,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. “Trent is one of the most talented players I’ve ever been; one of the most talented tackles in this league. If Trent is on his technique, he’s going to get bored, because he’s going to be able to just block people. So he’s really got to work on that technique and be consistent, because as an offensive lineman you can dominate a guy for 55 plays out of 60, but if you have five bad plays, the guy you’re going against is going to break the sack record in the NFL.

“If Trent can be good on his technique, he can be a premier guy in this league, and we need him to be.”

If his words carry weight and the suspension truly was a scared-straight moment for him, Griffin and the Redskins stand to benefit.

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6 Responses to “Trent Williams said he learned lesson from drug suspension”
  1. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 28, 2012 2:09 PM

    Yeah right. This millionaire is just giving people lip service. I don’t believe a single word out of any pro athletes mouth.

  2. thetroofishere says: Jun 28, 2012 2:11 PM

    Lesson = Don’t get caught a fifth time.

  3. hulkhogansays says: Jun 28, 2012 2:28 PM

    Even in the worst years, folks LOVE to hate everything to do with the Redskins. I can’t imagine how intense it will be now that RGIII has arrived and will proceed to shove it down the throats of the 31 other teams! Happy days are back in Washington as the Redskins reign supreme over the NFL!

  4. icdogg says: Jun 28, 2012 2:43 PM

    Needs to pull his shirt down.

  5. bigjd says: Jun 28, 2012 4:26 PM

    A 4 week suspension cost him a lot of money. I hope he’s smart enough not to lose 4 times that.

  6. asublimeday says: Jun 29, 2012 2:16 AM

    If I played for the redskins I’d need a lot
    more than what he was taking to make it through the day

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