First-Team All Pac-12? Check. First round NFL draft pick? Check. Driver’s License? Check.
All of these accomplishments proudly belong to New York Jets and former USC defensive lineman, Leonard Williams, in chronological order. Williams told Yahoo! Sports the lengths he went to to receive his driver’s license. At the age of 21, Williams returned to his home in Daytona Beach, Florida to visit family hopefully obtain his license. He studied hard for the written exam with the fear of failure looming over him and how it would affect his potential lifestyle in the NFL.
It is beyond me how he even got around while at college at USC, but it is even more puzzling is how he never needed it while growing up in Daytona Beach, Florida, an area that is by no means “walkable.”
Williams was asked whether he was more nervous about his preseason debut against the Lions or sitting in the car before his road exam.
“The road exam because if I didn’t get it over the break I don’t know when I’d be able to try it again,” Williams said.
Worried he wouldn’t get it on his first attempt, Williams came up with a backup plan before returning to Jets camp, situated Florham Park, N.J. He considered hitching a ride with a teammate to practice, “Or maybe Uber,” Williams said.
License in hand, Williams returned to practice ready to take on the NFL.
After the ordeal was over, Williams boasted about his success, saying “It was pretty easy actually.”
Standing at a monstrous 6’5’’, 305 pounds with freakish physical ability, I wonder if that sentiment might carry over into being a lineman in the NFL.
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