Trent Williams says he doesn't hold a grudge against the Washington Football Team

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A few months ago, the relationship between Trent Williams and the Washington Football Team seemed irreparable. Williams held out and refused to play for the team after it misdiagnosed a cancerous growth on Williams’ head. Once it was clear Williams wasn’t going to budge, Washington traded Williams to the San Francisco 49ers in April.

On Sunday, Williams will meet his former team on the field for the first time. But if you thought Williams would be looking for revenge in that contest, you’d be wrong.

Despite everything that happened, Williams doesn’t hold a grudge against Washington, according to Nick Wagoner and John Keim of ESPN.

“I won't sit here and hold grudges for no reason,” Williams said Thursday. “The people I had an issue with, they're not there. The people who helped instigate the situation are no longer a part of the organization. I'm not going to sit here and carry some grudge because people expect me to carry it.”

As Williams noted, the people he had issues with are no longer employed by the Football Team. Williams has been critical of team general manager Bruce Allen in the past. Washington fired Allen last December. Williams was also frustrated with the team’s athletic trainer Larry Hess, who was also fired last December.

Trent Williams knows he leaves complicated legacy in Washington

Though Williams performed well with Washington, going to seven straight Pro Bowls from 2012-2018, he knows his exit won’t sit well with every fan of the team. Williams said he knows there will be fans who appreciate everything he did for the organization, but understands some fans will always feel as though Williams betrayed the team.

Williams doesn’t believe that will be the case with Washington’s players. He said he never had an issue with his former teammates, and felt they supported him from day one. Williams also added he had nothing bad to say about Washington head coach Ron Rivera. The two met in the offseason, but that meeting didn’t convince Williams to stay. Despite that, Williams called Rivera a “very likable guy.”

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