Ravens rookie went from number two to Round Three


For Brandon Williams, the Ravens’ third-round pick, everything’s coming up roses.

Or maybe it’s just that anything would smell better than his old job.

The rookie nose tackle will never be offended by the smell of an NFL locker room, since his last job was hauling and moving portable toilets.

Sometimes, you got a little poop on you,” Williams said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “Every time I was doing that, I said to myself, ‘I gotta work harder, I’m not doing this the rest of my life.’ It motivated me to get better.”

That’s a relief to the Ravens, who think they found a steal with the 94th overall pick.

The 330-pounder from Division II Missouri Southern tried to take his mind off his old job by pretending the Porta Jons were offensive linemen, saying: “I acted like I was playing football. I just made it fun.”

That approach was not lost on his college coach Darryl Daye, who said Williams’ work ethic set him apart from others.

“We like to say, ‘Brandon is crap house strong,'” Daye said. “No job is too small for him. He’s what you want your son to be like: honest and true blue, a pleasure to coach. Brandon came up really rough, but he never let anything stand in his way. His mother is a very old-school, stern woman who raised him to be a Christian and to always have that humble mentality.”

His mother worked two jobs to support the family while he was growing up, and Williams said he wanted to repay the favor.

And if that means never having to work at a job that stinks, all the better.

36 responses to “Ravens rookie went from number two to Round Three

  1. I used to work construction and those poophouses were insane, you could hardly pee in them, without fighting back vomit. I remember the guy who would come to clean them would wear no gloves and smoke cigarettes while cleaning…… I will say that those crapboxes did have some wonderfully philosophy and insight to life. Williams must have read some of that and decided to work harder to get to where he is.

  2. Said it woth Elam but it bears saying again:

    Get used to it folks. ”Red star” players are the wave of the future.

    Any scoundrel can be a model citizen when they know the scouts are watching and the cameras are on them beginning with the combine. All agents coach their guys to ”say the right things.”

    But true leaders are those that earn the respect of their peers behind the scenes, in the film study sessions, in the weightrooms, and in the lockerroom.

    A similar story can be written for Brown who was elected twam captain before playing a single snap for KState after transferring from “the U,” and John Simon who was one of the few men ever to captain the Buckeyes twice.

  3. Took me a second to get the joke in the headline. Congratulations Brandon, hope you keep that same attitude heading forward.

  4. Brandon just keep your head on straight and continue the good work…We all hit rough patches sometimes my man and only the strong survive! Trust me i know.

  5. 3rd rd ravens rookie =more newsworthy than the entire steelers organization. Except when they’re getting shown up for 3rd string WRs

  6. This story just made my morning, and

    bigbenisgay says: May 6, 2013 11:06 AM
    At least he is used to handling sh!t for when we play the steelers

    and this ^^ was the cherry on top haha!

  7. Hard not to root for this guy. And I love that “sometimes you get a little poop on you” quote. That needs to be the Ravens rally cry for the 2013 season!

  8. jtbsteeler says: May 6, 2013 10:51 AM

    THis guy was drafted because NGata is garbage and his career is down the toilet.


    Holy cow! Did you actually think about this before typing it? That’s just crazy talk. Four straight pro bowl appearances and 5 straight all pro selections says differently.

  9. bigbenownsthenfl says:May 6, 2013 9:21 AM

    Haha. You’re with the Ratbirds organization now. That whole organization is poop. At least it will remind you of your old job. Poopbirds suck!
    This fellow Steelers fan would like to remind you that the Ravens, not our team, are the defending Super Bowl champs.

    Show some respect. They have earned it. Show the respect you demand from others when our team wins it all. Then knock their heads off next season.

  10. Regardless of what team he plays for, how could you not root for this guy? I hope he ends up making a crap load of money playing football.

  11. This guy played college at my hometown & seeing anybody make it to the pros is a huge step coming from that tiny school but to later know his life story makes me wanna cheer for him “not the ravens” but for him to have a long successful career!

  12. …by pretending the Porta Jons were offensive linemen.

    porta jons have more mobility than Oher, and McKinnie.

  13. Scoobie once again copying is the sincerest form of flattery, but I am not impressed with your weak attempt. It was a story that lent itself to humor..the guy show have kept that story to himself.

  14. believe me…wasnt trying to imitate or flatter you. i do know that if someone posted against pitt you would be all over baltimore. perhaps next time we will have a more worthwhile topic

  15. scoobies05 | May 6, 2013, 4:38 PM EDT
    believe me…wasnt trying to imitate or flatter you. i do know that if someone posted against pitt you would be all over baltimore. perhaps next time we will have a more worthwhile topic

    I would just as you frequently do, but the difference is you are more of a cheerleader all is well because its the ravens etc. that I don’t and won’t do. The steelers are by no means perfect so I don’t pretend they are. You on the other hand match to the lemming drum of the raven mantra.

  16. Given his experience with toilets, I’m amazed Big Ben didn’t plead with Pittsburgh to take him in the first round.

  17. i actually have criticized the ravens on a few calls…most notably rolando. however i have the belief in my team and how it does things…and we have the current trophy to prove it. so you root for your team how you want and i will root for my team how i want.

  18. He’ll feel right at home when he catches a whiff of Baltimore for the first time.

  19. Actually, the only poop in this story is the poop the Steeler fans had to eat after talking smack about how the Ravens and the Elite Joe Flacco would never win a Superbowl.

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