Bills’ former CFL star Duke Williams: I can play in the NFL, if I stay out of trouble

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Bills wide receiver Duke Williams knows he’s running out of chances as a football player.

Williams was kicked off the team at Auburn after a bar brawl that saw him punch four people, but he was able to revive his football career in the Canadian Football League and led the league with 1,579 receiving yards last year. That got the Bills’ attention, and they signed him in January.

Williams told the Buffalo News he knows he’s going to have to prove himself off the field just as much as on the field.

“I can’t make nobody sign me. I can’t make nobody put me on the field,” Williams said. “I have to earn that, as a man. I have to do my part off the field. I know I can play football, but can I stay out of trouble? I got kicked out of Auburn, so that cloud’s still over my head. It’s going to always be there. I know that. But these last two years I proved to every team in the NFL and every team in the CFL that I’m not the guy that they labeled me at Auburn. We all make mistakes, but we learn from them. Nobody’s perfect. Auburn knows that. They know I’m not the bad guy. But I still made a mistake that night that cost me my future, that caused me to get kicked out of school, that caused my team distractions. But at the end of the day, they know what type of guy I am. Me punching four people in a bar — that’s not me.”

Williams will get a chance in Buffalo to show who he really is. It may be his final chance.

26 responses to “Bills’ former CFL star Duke Williams: I can play in the NFL, if I stay out of trouble

  1. Chances are he did more than just a bar fight to get kicked out. He probably got multiple chances at Auburn and sadly he will get multiple chances in the NFL no matter what type of person he is.

  2. egomaniac247 says:
    May 4, 2019 at 8:35 am
    Everyone deserves a second chance. Good luck kid.
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    Yep!!

  3. The tired, old, public relations “that’s not me” quote…….

    Yes it was. And yes it is. Admit that and say I’m thankful for a second chance
    And make the most of it kid. Good luck.

  4. Whether by chance or design, Williams landed with a team that will offer him an excellent opportunity to make the roster. He needs to go to camp in great shape and work hard to learn their system.

  5. Punching 4 people in a bar brawl small potatoes. The NFL is full of time players who abuse women and children….

  6. If all he did is get in a bar fight, that’s peanuts compared to the women beaters and child abusers in the league.

  7. Well if he can play he’ll stick in the NFL regardless of his actions–past, present or future. The NFL teams have shown now and again they’ll sign anyone as long as that person can play.

  8. Give the guy some credit. Yeah he got into a brawl, at a bar with other grown men, but never hurt a woman or child. Unlike Manziel he actually went to the CFL and was a productive model player for the full two years of his contract.

  9. Q: Do you want to make hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars?

    If Yes, then don’t act like an idiot. It’s not THAT hard.
    If you smell a fight coming, just get the hell out.
    How hard is that?
    How often does that situation occur, twice a year?

  10. egomaniac247 says:
    May 4, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Everyone deserves a second chance. Good luck kid.
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    NAH THEY DON’T!

    Back in the day they didn’t hand out 2nd chances, those have just gotten popular since there are soooooo many players that screw up along with 3rd, 4th & 5th chances(Pacman Jones) and I personally think it’s BS and one of the reasons these guy are always in trouble, they KNOW they’ll get another chance! Time to take all these chances away they’re just taking advantage of them!

    Go to the ONE & DONE, one serious offence and they’re OUT OF THE NFL, PERIOD! I bet that straightens them up a lot more than this way of always giving them another chance, after they see a few guys get booted for life the rest will fall in line.

  11. “sadly he will get multiple chances in the NFL no matter what type of person he is”

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    If he is a good person, why would it be sad that he gets a chance to prove it?

  12. “How did Cleveland and Cincinnati miss this guy?”

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    Well, Cleveland probably doesn’t have another jersey for him.

  13. “I can’t make nobody sign me. I can’t make nobody put me on the field,” Williams said.
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    So you can make somebody sign and put you on the field? Auburn education.

  14. For every player they GIVE a sencond chance there’s several players out there that DON’T NEED THEM!

    LET THAT SINK IN!

  15. Gonna be in a battle with David Sills for a roster spot. Certainly has measurables, and some stats.

  16. what’s fascinating – look at CFL salary cap numbers. In 2018, the salary cap PER TEAM was $5.2 MILLION, for a 56 man roster. Entry level rookie contract was $54,000 for their 18 game season. So you definitely have to work, if you want to achieve, succeed and advance beyond. Will give Duke this – clearly has done that. Hope everything works out for him.

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