I want to start off by saying that DeAngelo Williams is a player I have started to like a lot in the NFL over the last couple of seasons. He has had a great career up to this point, most of those years being spent with the Panthers, and the last two with the Steelers. He was also a vital part to my championship fantasy football team in 2015, and I will thank him and Le’Veon Bell’s injury for that. Also, I respect him a lot for his activism in breast cancer awareness, and I’m very much on his side in the situation where the Panthers strongly celebrated his mother every October that she was battling breast cancer, but after she died, the team basically forgot that she even existed. You know a situation is bad when Greg Hardy of all people is the most respectful member of the team. And it’s no surprise to see Williams’ reaction to the Panthers’ firing of GM Dave Gettleman.
Now to what I was getting to. Part of this tweet is referring to DeAngelo’s comments last week in which he said there were four teams in the NFL he wouldn’t sign with since he is currently a free agent: the Browns (take a guess why), Jaguars (take a guess why), Panthers (past bad history), and Cowboys. Part of his dislike for the Cowboys is the fact that he grew up as a big 49ers fan. I like it when athletes talk about the teams they rooted for growing up, especially if they now play for that team’s rival. I know Williams isn’t a journeyman player who would be glad to accept a contract from anyone, but it’s strange to hear a player say they wouldn’t sign with a team because of past problems when the NFL wasn’t even his place of business at that time. I was fine with this part, but the rest of his argument left me a little puzzled.
“The Cowboys, they win. They just don’t ever show up during the playoffs. They always disappear in the playoffs,” Williams told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on his Know Them From Adampodcast. “I’ve got a great depiction of the Cowboys’ fan base. During the regular season last year, they were on cloud nine. You couldn’t tell them anything because they were going to win the ’ship — that’s all they said. Fans just got extremely super annoying. Then, the minute they lose, they either got cheated, somebody was hurt — the excuses start flowing. It’s just amazing to me. That fan base just in general can’t handle defeat. Still, to this day, they say that the Dez Bryant catch against the Green Bay Packers was a catch!”
When was the last time you heard a player openly hate another team’s fans this much? His feelings on the Cowboys fans being on cloud nine when they were playing great is how any fanbase is when a team is doing much greater than they were expected to. The Cowboys are a team that most fans either love or hate. Players usually love playing and beating the Cowboys, but that’s more because of their popularity and history than actual hate. It’s also especially weird because Williams has never been in the NFC East, and the last time one of his teams even played the Cowboys (this past season with the Steelers) he missed the game with an injury. Williams isn’t known to be an asshole either, so it’s shocking that he would be so aggressive with his comments. Even guys like Nick Young can laugh off hate a year later since professional sports is a business.
And even proverbial “I’m an asshole and I know it” Draymond Green tried to correct his comments a little after he said people from Cleveland were dumb.
Do Williams’ comments really bother me that much? No, but it sucks to hear people that you like say things that you really don’t like. And obviously when he says bad things about Cowboys fans, I don’t take that personally in any way, but I still strongly disagree with him. Let’s just hope Williams takes his talents to the Giants, Eagles, or Redskins so we can take him down twice this year.
But if this is the real reason Williams feels this way, then I will forever be happy.
54 more days til Sunday Night Football!
*prays Ezekiel Elliott isn’t suspended*