The Denver Broncos signed first-round defensive tackle Sylvester Williams today, striking a four-year, $7.6 million contract with $6.1 million guaranteed under the slotting system governing rookie deals under the NFL collective bargaining agreement.
Williams struck an appreciative tone after signing his deal.
He's a former truck radiator factory worker who walked onto the football team in college.
“Most of my family, they cried because it is a life-changing moment for us,’’ Williams told reporters. “The biggest thing I can say is I’ve been given the money now I have to earn it. Long way from the factory. When I signed the contract, I thought about the factory. When I was back at home I drove by the factory just to see where it all started.’’
How will Williams spend his money?
“I’m not a flashy person so I can say the biggest thing for me is I just want to make sure my father is OK," Williams said. "I mean I’ve got vehicle right now that runs good so I’m satisified with my life right now. Just make sure my father’s straight and put my money away and see how far this football thing can take me.”
Sounds like a young man with his priorities in proper order.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.