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Tramon Williams says he’s the real Optimus Prime

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A cornerback dubbing himself Optimus Prime the week before playing Megatron, aka Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, is not particularly original: Seattle’s Richard Sherman just did it three weeks ago. But Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, who will cover Johnson on Sunday, says he’s the real Optimus Prime.

I’m definitely Optimus Prime,” Williams told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m the leader of the Autobots. I’m the leader of the young guys right now and when it comes down to the tough battles, I’ll lead those guys out there.”

Williams is 5-foot-11 and 191 pounds, so Johnson has about six inches and 45 pounds on him. But Williams said even Seattle’s big pair of cornerbacks couldn’t match up with Johnson’s size, and that simply being big isn’t enough to stop Johnson.

“Guys like Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman – they talk about how physical they are – but Calvin was pushing those guys around the field like it was nothing,” Williams said. “And those are some big guys. You definitely have to be careful with how you play a big guy like that.”

The last time Johnson played against the Packers, he had 244 receiving yards, the most any Green Bay opponent has ever had in the history of the franchise. Williams isn’t vowing to totally shut Johnson down, but he is promising a better game than last time.

“That’s what’s going down on Sunday – me going against Calvin,” Williams said. “He’s going to make some plays and I’m going to make some plays. We’ll see who wins the battle in the end.”

Packers fans will be rooting for the Autobots.

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45 Responses to “Tramon Williams says he’s the real Optimus Prime”
  1. skoobyfl says: Nov 15, 2012 6:50 AM

    He talks like Bumble Bee.

  2. det12 says: Nov 15, 2012 6:58 AM

    Please stop it with “Optimus Prime” BS it’s getting old Megatron can’t be stopped u can only hope to contain #GoLions!!!!!

  3. packfntk says: Nov 15, 2012 7:02 AM

    Why am I extremely nervous now? Calvin Johnson is terrifying.

  4. ahostiletakeover says: Nov 15, 2012 7:05 AM

    Didn’t know Peter Cullen played football at his old age…

  5. jherbig65 says: Nov 15, 2012 7:06 AM

    The only people who can stop Calvin Johnson are Mathew Stafford and Scott Linehan!

  6. ezra954 says: Nov 15, 2012 7:08 AM

    Your a fool Heman you are no match for Skelitor

  7. mbrentin says: Nov 15, 2012 7:11 AM

    well the real optimus prime (Richard Sherman) and the Seahawks held Calvin Johnson to 3 catches for 46 yards. Good luck Tramon!

  8. eightandeightlions says: Nov 15, 2012 7:22 AM

    1. is tramon’s IQ
    2. Charles Tillman was being called Optimus Prime last year when he shut down Calvin Johnson in an actual game, not just in print.
    3. Green Bay defensive players should not speak. after setting NFL all time records for defensive futility last season.
    4. ”Megatron” is a stupid nickname made up by Roy E Williams. Let it die like Roy’s career did.

  9. randolph32 says: Nov 15, 2012 7:30 AM

    The guy that could be, Peanut Tillman, and the guy who DID SHUT DOWN C JOHNSON, could care less about the stupid nicknames these guys are giving themselves….and who gives themself a nickname anyway,…..DOH!

  10. rasalghoul says: Nov 15, 2012 7:32 AM

    Tramon at his best is a top 5 cb, CJ at his best is the best wr in the league. If both are healthy this should be a great match up. Capers is smart enough to know he needs a safety over the top so I expect limited 1 on 1 battles.

  11. spunjmunke says: Nov 15, 2012 7:37 AM

    These Transformers analogies are starting to annoy me.

    First off, Mr. Johnson, why would you even want to be referred to as “Megatron?” He’s been continuously punked for generations.

    Now there’s someone who wants to be Optimus Prime? Do you even know what that means?

    Seriously, half of the players these days wouldn’t know what an Optimus Prime was if it wasn’t for that Michael Bay abortion of a trilogy that was shoved down our throat.

  12. therealtrenches says: Nov 15, 2012 7:44 AM

    He sounds like my five year old. Does he have Optimus pajamas and bed sheets, too? Or the Optimus Halloween costume?

    SMH.

    He needs to shut up and hit someone while the ball is in play.

  13. beerbratscheese says: Nov 15, 2012 7:44 AM

    As a Packers fan, I like the confidence, but, then again, I haven’t seen much from his this year to warrant him making this statement.

    I still think he Packers will win, but it’s hard not to think that Johnson won’t get a ton of yards either.

  14. elmaxoh says: Nov 15, 2012 7:46 AM

    Can’t you find yourself another nickname ? Jesus …

  15. trollhammer20 says: Nov 15, 2012 7:53 AM

    “Guys like Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman – they talk about how physical they are – but Calvin was pushing those guys around the field like it was nothing,” Williams said. “And those are some big guys. You definitely have to be careful with how you play a big guy like that.”
    ___________________________

    Johnson’s stats against Seattle: 3 catches, 46 yards. Yeah, that’s some major-league pushing around right there.

    Now, if they had a slot guy who could cover Titus Young, they might have won the game….

  16. Sometimes Interesting says: Nov 15, 2012 7:56 AM

    This dude’s not even original. He copies what another DB says weeks ago almost verbatim.

  17. kilo0986 says: Nov 15, 2012 7:56 AM

    Will the real optimus prime please stand up?

  18. dellkev says: Nov 15, 2012 8:00 AM

    I am a die hard packer fan but really tramon?! You were smoked last time. Less talking more playing.

  19. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Nov 15, 2012 8:02 AM

    This is becoming like the end of Spartacus.

    “I am Optimus Prime.”

  20. source7769 says: Nov 15, 2012 8:02 AM

    lol coming off a 200yrd game and a team defense that will be without clay matthews i dont think its too smart to be baiting a desperate Lions team

  21. billh1947 says: Nov 15, 2012 8:11 AM

    With the pass defense the Lions possess Megatron can score four TDs and still lose this game to Rodgers and the Packers offense.Williams hopes he can stop Calvin but until he shows that he can then he should just be quiet and get ready to face him.

  22. winkeroni says: Nov 15, 2012 8:22 AM

    I can call myself Optimus Prime too. That doesn’t make me Optimus Prime.

    Calvin Johnson is called Megatron because he makes everyone around him look human. I’m not a Lions fan but it’s silly for a CB to think that they are going to shut him down and keep him from getting separation. Even if you don’t give him an inch he can jump higher and has a few inches on most CB’s.

    I did read the article and Tramon Williams alludes to only being able to limit him not stop him. Still kind of silly that he would want to be called Optimus Prime though.

  23. johngaltwho says: Nov 15, 2012 8:32 AM

    The Packer who is most likely to shut down Calvin Johnson won’t be on the field. Without Clay disrupting the quarterback, Calvin Johnson becomes way more dangerous.

  24. manilovethepftcensors says: Nov 15, 2012 8:34 AM

    Wow thetokyosandbuster must still be in bed. I can’t imagine why else there wouldn’t be some snide comment from him here.
    Lions will beat Green Bay on Sunday.

  25. gbpackfan1990 says: Nov 15, 2012 8:44 AM

    Most CB have been Optimus Prime to Calvin’s Megatron this year. Maybe not in terms of yardage but in terms of scoring.

  26. packhawk04 says: Nov 15, 2012 8:48 AM

    I like you tramon, im a pack fan and all, but calvin is 6’5″ and what, 230? Youre…..

    Not.

  27. titogetmesometissue says: Nov 15, 2012 9:06 AM

    Really, Tramon? You are about to get crushed by megatron. I think Big Mc needs to get some control over his team. Between “beating ourselves” and “off-field” smack talk, they are looking kind of ridiculous.

  28. conormacleod says: Nov 15, 2012 9:15 AM

    Why would any Packer defender ever talk at all? They are horrible. Aaron Rodgers is the only thing keeping the Packers from being a 6-10 team year in and year out, and everybody knows it. When was the last time you heard anybody talk about their defense bailing out their offense? Rodgers got them a Superbowl and 15-1 record. I don’t even like Rodgers and I can easily see that.

  29. source7769 says: Nov 15, 2012 9:19 AM

    says the packers fan who hasnt seen this defense this yr , even with all these cast offs playing scondary they still have held up their end its the offense thats killing them with the pass heavy 3 and outs and having the defense stay on the field too long eventually wearing down by the middle of the 3rd quarter

  30. chitownbears says: Nov 15, 2012 9:31 AM

    The one cornerback who has consistently shut down Megatron isn’t named Optimus Prime. His name is Charles “Peanut” Tillman!

  31. 989lions says: Nov 15, 2012 9:32 AM

    Sure Calvin had 3 catches for 46 yards against the Seahawks. But Titus Young had 9 for 100 and 2 TD’s and Broyles had a TD and about 60 yards. The Lions won the game, I can guarantee thats all he cares about. For the guy talking about dumb nicknames, and then referring to Charles Tillman as Peanut (what kind of grown man embraces that). That is easily the dumbest nickname out there right now. And no bears fans I dont want a lecture about where the nickname came from.

  32. jjackwagon says: Nov 15, 2012 9:45 AM

    Don’t say it until you play it, Tramon.

  33. isphet71 says: Nov 15, 2012 9:50 AM

    Muscle Hamster wishes his nickname was as cool as Megatron.

  34. latchbeam says: Nov 15, 2012 10:00 AM

    Rule of thumb: Don’t talk trash when you gave up 244 yards to the guy the last time you played him.

  35. szwhtsup123 says: Nov 15, 2012 10:11 AM

    Another Dick Sherman wanna be attempting to talk trash before a game, like anyone cares, and with a dopey nickname that another tool in the league uses. We all know what he will be saying after being torched all day, “Duh he didn’t win, I beat myself”. Shut up!

  36. tjh9985 says: Nov 15, 2012 10:21 AM

    Did this guy even watch the Seahawks game? Sherman and Browner played great. Trufant got owned on the slot vs Young though.

  37. vdogg says: Nov 15, 2012 10:32 AM

    You can’t give yourself a nickname! It’s against the rules. Besides, the guy who deserves the nickname is Peanut Tillman who will have a different nickname at the end of the season – Defensive Player of the Year.

  38. barroomhero80 says: Nov 15, 2012 10:37 AM

    At least they’re not fighting over whos packing the fudge first

  39. bordner says: Nov 15, 2012 11:14 AM

    I actually like the nickname Megatron, but once you start calling yourself Optimus Prime, you’re dangerously close to exposing yourself as a major nerd. Maybe it’s my age, but I barely know who they are. They’re toys, right? We have NFL players trying to nickname themselves after toys?

    And Tillman is one of the few bears that I can actually say that I like and respect, but Peanut is not that great of a nickname. I don’t care who gave it to him or for what reason – his friends and family can call him whatever they want, but a grown man who plays the game at such a high level is deserving of a better nickname.

    Best nickname ever in any sport? Dominique Wilkins – “The Human Highlight Film”.

  40. tandemunicycle says: Nov 15, 2012 11:16 AM

    C’mon now. Any respectable G1 Transformers fan would know that Megatron isn’t afraid of Optimus. He killed the guy! If you reaaalllyy want to strike fear into the Lionized Decepticon Leader, Mr. Williams, you really ought to call yourself Omega Supreme. You know, giant guardian robot, transforms into tank and rocket ship? Autobot who hates Megatron with such a vengeance that he nearly destroyed Earth seeking revenge? Omega Supreme showed up once, and Megatron cried like a little girl, in a children’s cartoon! Transform and roll out!

  41. scoobaj says: Nov 15, 2012 11:59 AM

    if i were Tramon, i would not say anything about CJ seeing that he recently destroyed you for 250 yds, Tramon is no Richard Sherman, so u can expect the same results cheese heads

  42. axespray says: Nov 15, 2012 1:55 PM

    In case anyone wasn’t watching last year’s thanksgiving game when we actually played our starters – Tramon and the Defense basically shut out Calvin Johnson …. no one mentions that – they mention the game when Flynn/Jarrett Bush/Charlie Peprah/CJ Wilson/Brad Jones/Vic So’oto were starting and not the game where Woodson/Raji/Clay/Rodgers where starting.

  43. axespray says: Nov 15, 2012 1:59 PM

    scoobaj says:
    Nov 15, 2012 11:59 AM
    “if i were Tramon, i would not say anything about CJ seeing that he recently destroyed you for 250 yds, Tramon is no Richard Sherman, so u can expect the same results cheese heads”
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    lol – so we should expect our coach to play all of our backups in this game?
    And Tramon is no Richard Sherman? – lol – let’s see how good Richard is with the shoulder injury Tramon played with last year…. in case you haven’t seen Tramon when he’s healthy – He’s the guy that shut out Brandon Marshall – Was the best Coverage guy for our Superbowl Run – but nah – he’s totally not as good as some corner on some 7-9 forgettable team.

  44. sethandfalon says: Nov 16, 2012 8:46 PM

    lol – so we should expect our coach to play all of our backups in this game?
    And Tramon is no Richard Sherman? – lol – let’s see how good Richard is with the shoulder injury Tramon played with last year…. in case you haven’t seen Tramon when he’s healthy – He’s the guy that shut out Brandon Marshall – Was the best Coverage guy for our Superbowl Run – but nah – he’s totally not as good as some corner on some 7-9 forgettable team.
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    You are obviously misinformed. Sherman is the next Revis in case you haven’t heard. Probably the best player on the best secondary in football. I said it, and I’m not the only one. Sherman regularly shuts down the best receivers in the game and will be in the pro bowl regularly starting this year. Megatron is a beast, but he was pretty well shut down when Sherman matched up against him, just like everyone one else. Seattle ranks #2 and #1 respectively for Pass D vs. the #1 and #2 WRs they face, speaks volumes about their corners, of which Sherman is the most polished “shut down” cover corner and the best in the game, sans Revis.

  45. sethandfalon says: Nov 16, 2012 8:51 PM

    And Williams needs to pay attention a little more. CJ was pretty invisible vs. Seattle. Physical? Yes. Tough to defend? Absolutely. Sherman and Browner don’t say they are physical, everyone else does because that’s how they play, it is their reputation. We’ll see about Williams after this week. Sherman trash talks, yes. But he also has yet to really have to eat his words because he is a freak on the field and incredibly smart to go with it. Glad he’s on my team and only in year 2. GO HAWKS!

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