Tag:Roy Williams
Posted on: July 7, 2011 2:15 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Roy Williams gets engagement ring back



Posted by Ryan Wilson

We're still without football, but it's been a busy week nonetheless for Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams.

We wrote Tuesday that Dallas could end up releasing Williams to save a few bucks and to give Dez Bryant more playing time. And Wednesday, our CBSSports.com colleague Will Brinson pointed out that Williams was suing his girlfriend, 2009 Miss Texas USA Brooke Daniels. Williams sent Daniels a $76,000 engagement ring through the mail, and, understandably, he wanted it back when she said "thanks but no thanks" to his marriage proposal.

Daniels' father told the Odessa American that "[Williams] said to her, 'I'm not like a lot of people, I don't want the ring back. You'll eventually come back to me,' and she didn't." Apparently, Williams had a change of heart, and he was willing to file a lawsuit to get the ring back.

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Well, there's a happy ending of sorts.

Still no wedding bells in the future, but TMZ reports that the ring was returned to Williams' attorney Wednesday. There are several lessons to be learned here. First, as Brinson wrote yesterday, "Know for a fact that when you propose, (your ladyfriend will) say yes." And assuming she's up for it, whatever you do, DO NOT send the engagement ring via the United States Postal Service. In addition to it possibly getting lost, we're guessing women, in general, don't find postal-mail proposals particularly romantic.

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Roy Williams suing girlfriend for engagement ring

Posted by Will Brinson

The best rule I can offer to anyone who wants to marry their significant other is this: Know for a fact that when you propose, they'll say yes.

Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams would probably agree with that rule and, since he's currently suing a former girlfriend, would also probably add: "Don't mail the engagement ring when you do propose."

See, according to the Odessa American, Williams is currently suing former 2009 Miss Texas USA Brooke Daniels in order to get a $76,000 engagement ring he sent to her. In the mail.

"I'm not going to talk about it," Williams told ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins on Wednesday. "It's a non-issue."
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Well, actually it might be an issue -- Daniels' father Michael claims Williams didn't want the ring back, even after Daniels decided she didn't want to marry him. "He said to her, 'I'm not like a lot of people, I don't want the ring back. You'll eventually come back to me,' and she didn't," Michael Daniels said, per the OA.

The spiciest part about all this, though, is that apparently Texas law states that if the donor of the ring (perhaps you prefer "the engager"?) is at fault for terminating an engagement, the ring doesn't have to be returned.

In this case, Daniels' decision to terminate the relationship would actually require her to return the ring to Williams.

Of course, that still doesn't mean that, going forward, Williams should ignore my rule about marriage proposals.

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Posted on: July 5, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Cowboys could end up releasing Barber, Williams

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Last season, Marion Barber had 113 carries, the fewest of his six-year NFL career. His 374 rushing yards, 3.3 yards-per-carry average, 11 receptions, and four touchdowns were also career lows. Those numbers coupled with Barber's contract could mean that the Cowboys will release him once there's a new collective bargaining agreement.

In fact, according to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, Barber is the Cowboys player most hurt by the lockout.

"It might seem strange to see Barber's name as the player hurt most by the lockout, but here's why: The Cowboys are expected to release Barber because they don't want to pay him a $500,000 roster bonus in addition to a $4.5 million base salary," Walker writes. "He's underachieved since becoming the full-time starter in 2008. As long as the lockout lasts, Barber is in limbo. He can't talk to other teams about his services and if the Cowboys decide to keep him, which seems doubtful, he most likely will compete with [Felix] Jones for the starting job."

Two weeks ago, one of Barber's teammates, Roy Williams, said there were benefits to the lockout. “I talked to a player who was contemplating retirement, but the lockout has gotten his body back to where it needs to be,” Williams told the Odessa American at the time. “For us older players, it’s good.” ESPN's Tim MacMahon added that Williams might have job security because cutting him would force the Cowboys to take a huge salary cap hit.

However, the National Football Post's Dan Pompei wrote over the holiday weekend that Williams could be among the veteran free-agent wide receivers looking for work once the lockout ends.

"There are two reasons why Williams is likely going to be a former Cowboy in the near future," Pompei wrote. "The first is he’s making more money than he’s worth. The second is the team wants to clear the way for Dez Bryant to play more. There will be a healthy market for Williams though. His effort and attitude has remained good in Dallas despite the fact that he hasn’t found his niche in the offense, and that will help him find future employment."

This sounds a lot like the reasons Watkins cited above for why Barber might struggle to find a new team. That said, you'd have to think that Williams, who is just 29, would be a much more attractive option than 37-year-old Terrell Owens. Not only because he's younger and healthier but, as Pompei points out, he puts forth the effort and has the attitude teams appreciate. (We'll also assume Williams doesn't struggle to learn the playbook.)

Whoever's on the roster, the Cowboys are set to start training camp on July 29.

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Posted on: June 30, 2011 5:31 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 6:04 pm
 

Report: Nutcracker ended Heitmann's 2010 season

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Call it the Nutcracker or call it Oklahoma, but the reality of the preseason drill that showcases a defensive player going head to head with an offensive player in an effort to move the other backward is that it’s a thrilling -- yet dangerous -- proposition.

The highlight of the 2009 Bengals preseason camp for me occurred when WR Maurice Purify dominated S Roy Williams, known as one of the hardest hitters in the league, and knocked him backward in an embarrassing display for Williams. To watch it live and up close was awesome -- the speed, the power, the car crash intensity.

But it can be terrifying, especially when we hear the news that 49ers C Eric Heitmann’s neck injury that kept him out of last season occurred during a Nutcracker drill in San Francisco’s training camp.

That’s what 49ers T Joe Staley told SFGate.com (via CSN Bay Area), and it’s the disturbing result of a drill that perhaps should be taken out of practice altogether (like not giving water breaks on excruciatingly hot days).

CSN Bay Area reached former coach Mike Singletary by phone Thursday, and he said, “I have no response to that. I don't really know what Eric's prior situation was, so I'm not going to respond to that.”

According to CSN, a number of players were injured during the drill in Singletary’s first full season as head coach, and afterward team trainer Jeff Ferguson expressed concern to Singletary about the practice.

"When I sat down and explained to him why we did the Nutcracker, then he saw it as a very positive thing," Singletary said in the spring of 2010.

Hmm, that’s an interesting approach.

But Singletary also apparently tweaked the drill before last training camp to make it safer.

"I really had the coaches get together and look at the Nutcracker," he said. "Instead of just one guy getting on one side and the other guy getting on the other side and just knocking the crap out of each other, we're trying to get more out of it."

Unfortunately for Heitmann, it sounds like the tweaking didn’t go far enough.



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Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.21.11: ATL to outscore everybody?



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Wideout Roddy White says the Falcons are "[G]oing to outscore everybody … Green Bay’s got, what, four or five guys out there who can make plays? We’re going to be Green Bay South.”
  • You know the lockout has dragged on for far too long when the NFL Network will air two CFL games a week. If this doesn't motivate NFL owners and players, then we're in deep trouble.
  • For three months, we've only heard about the downside of a lockout. For older players like Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams, there's an upside, too -- namely, the length of the labor impasse likely means Williams won't get cut.
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Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:42 pm
 

NFL ordered Hue Jackson to end odd endorsement

Posted by Will Brinson

Hue Jackson was introduced as the new head coach of the Raiders on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Yahoo! Sports' The Postgame published a lengthy report detailing Jackson's involvement with a company, S.W.A.T.S., that sells supplements and the NFL's subsequent (and recent) decision to order Jackson to end his involvement with the company.

Jackson, according to TPG, began endorsing "Sports With Alternatives To Steroids" back when he coached with the Baltimore Ravens in 2008 and 2009.

"In April of '08 I gave various alternatives to steroids, including spray, to Hue Jackson at the Ravens’ training camp," S.W.A.T.S. owner Mitch Ross said. "I also gave the spray to Jay Hayes of the Bengals and Anthony Lynn of the Jets. I want to prove that my protocol reverses the aging process on aging athletes and promotes the healing of injuries in a legal manner."

The "legal spray," known as "The Ultimate Spray" has something to do with deer antler velvet extract and, according to swatsteam.com, also contains "IGF-1," which is a banned substance by the NFL.

Considering that various players (Ray Lewis, most notably) reportedly received the spray, things could get a little hairy. (And not in the deer antler velvet kind of way, either.)

The NFL has confirmed that they ordered Jackson to end his affiliation with the company.

"We have a long-standing policy that prohibits coaches from any relationship with a supplement company," said NFL Director of Corporate Communications Brian McCarthy. "Coach Jackson is now in compliance."

And Jackson has confirmed that he's not involved with them either.

"I’m no longer affiliated with this company," Jackson told The Postgame. "I don’t even know about a banned substance."

There's no real need to confirm whether or not he was affiliated with the company, as a YouTube interview with "Hugh Jackson" indicates pretty clearly that he did a "chipping" testing with players like Lewis, Terrell Suggs, Ed Reed, LeRon McClain, Ray Rice and "Hugh Jackson"  followed by Jackson discussing the product with Ross pretty much says everything you need to know.

The YouTube, if these products contain banned substances, is particularly damning because Jackson mentions that he's been working with Ross for three years and that he "wants everyone" to get a hold of the product. (Although he does call them "very safe.")

It remains to be seen what the NFL will do with this information -- but the fact that S.W.A.T.S. is currently being sued by David Vobora, a linebacker for the Rams who tested positive for a banned substance after claiming to use the company's spray, certainly seems to indicate there's something worth that might be worth taking a closer look at.

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Posted on: December 31, 2010 1:31 pm
 

Hot Routes 12.31.10: Artest for Jets TE?

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Ron Artest apparently said at Christmas time that he wants to play tight end for the Jets. All "could this guy actually make the transition from the NBA to the NFL" analysis aside, is there an NBA player who fits better for a particular NFL team better than Artest and the Jets? "Crazy Pills," as Artest is commonly known, wouldn't even be a blip on the radar for that organization.
  • Mike Tice's stock is quickly rising when it comes to assistants who are potential head coaches. This is logical -- the Chicago Bears have one of the least talented offensive lines in football and yet Tice and Mike Martz have managed to make them pretty, pretty productive ever since the Bears' bye week.
  • Would a rookie wage scale increase the number of underclassmen who bolt for the NFL? Well, not necessarily, but maybe so if that makes any sense. If not, check out Mike Florio's breakdown on how the changes in a future CBA would impact kids leaving college early.
Posted on: December 30, 2010 2:25 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 2:27 pm
 

Roy Williams' awful Dallas tenure nearly over?

Posted by Andy Benoit

It has been a rough year for Dallas’ Roy Williams. The outspoken $20 million dollar receiver was, for the most part, effective when Tony Romo was in the lineup. But since former Lions teammate, Jon Kitna, stepped in, Williams has just 15 catcR. Williams (US Presswire)hes for 218 yards. In the last 10 games, he has registered more than two catches only once.

Because Jerry Jones gave up a king’s ransom to acquire Williams, Cowboy fans have had little patience for the 29-year-old. That’s why you can expect eyes to roll when they read his latest comments.

"I can only do what I can do," Williams said, according to Bill Nichols of the Dallas Morning News. Of his disappointing season, Williams said, "Started off nice and then fell off the face of the earth somehow.

"I want to be here (next year). If not, I will be somewhere else."

Williams then seemed to take a shot at Jason Garrett. "I was the go-to guy in Detroit,” he said. “Coordinators can make who they want to make the star.”

He added, "First four or five weeks I was getting the rock a little bit. All of a sudden it just stopped coming my way. Why? I don't know."
Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star Telegram says Williams is the Cowboy most likely to be cut this offseason.

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