Last December, Redskins tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis were suspended four games each for their most recent violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy. Unlike the steroids policy, which metes out a four-game suspension for a first offense, a four-game suspension occurs only after multiple failed tests or missed tests or other violations.
A year later, Williams explains that he doesn’t want his career to be defined by his failed drug tests.
“I bust my butt all offseason with that on my mind, and it fueled my fire a lot of days,” Williams said, via the Associated Press. “And to be able to come out and perform with the best in the league and be noted as a Pro Bowl guy, it’d just mean that all my hard work, it just wasn’t [whistling] in the wind. That accolade would just kind of let people know how far I’ve come and how far I’m matured and the type of player I’ve become. That’s what I really want to be known for.
“I don’t want to be known for the guy who failed multiple drug tests. That is me, in a sense. It did happen. I embrace that wholeheartedly. That happened, but I have an opportunity to change it, and that’s what I want to do.”
In Williams’ case, the key word is “multiple.” We reported last year that Williams had tested positive 10 times in September and October of 2011. As we explained at the time, the rash of positives likely had something to do with the inability of players to have access to the NFL’s treatment program during the lockout.
Since last December, Williams has been clean. In the future, the only time he wants “multiple” to be associated with his name will be in connection with Pro Bowl berths.