When Ryan Williams was injured, the Cardinals were willing to go with the running backs they have on hand because they trusted them.
Even though one of them was working in a Best Buy warehouse a year ago.
William Powell could actually be the main ball-carrier Sunday against the Bills, a year removed from driving a forklift.
“It’s been a long road,” Powell said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “And with a long road, you never forget what you went through to get here. I try to keep that fresh in my mind, at all times, so it will never let me give in.”
Powell will be backing up LaRod Stephens-Howling, but his recent hip flexor injury could give others chances to run. And that would set the stage for an incredible story.
Powell only carried the ball 23 times at the Division I level in college, transferring from Kansas State to Navarro College. The Cardinals signed him as an undrafted rookie last year, but he was waived in final cuts and wasn’t added back to the practice squad until late in the year.
So in the interim, he got a job in the warehouse, and waited.
“I never doubted I would get a shot,” Powell said, “but you never know what your future can bring. The best you can do is be prepared for it.”
He’ll get his chance now to show up on the highlights of all those televisions he was stacking not that long ago.