Minnesota RB Rodrick Williams has an awesome pet lizard

Today, in the world of athletes with unique pets, we focus on Minnesota Golden Gophers running back Rodrick Williams Jr. and his savannah monitor, who is 10 months old and two feet long. Brian Bennett of ESPN recently wrote a story on Williams and the lizard, named “Kill” after the dragon Kilgharrah on the TV series “Merlin,” as well as Gophers head coach Jerry Kill.

Even odder is that Williams, now Minnesota’s No. 1 running back with the departure of David Cobb to the NFL, has a leash and harness for Kill (the lizard, that is) and will take him for walks outside his apartment. When Coach Kill saw pictures of his running back’s pet, Williams was then dubbed “Lizard Boy,” a name he has fully embraced.

“It’s kind of fitting for him,” quarterback Mitch Leidner said. “It’s not too much of a surprise if you know how goofy he is.”

Williams has had a tumultuous tenure at Minnesota, with injuries and a suspension preventing him from truly breaking out. In 23 games across three seasons, he has rushed for 707 yards and eight touchdowns.

But with a funky new pet and, as Bennett reports, a new attitude, this could be the year that Williams truly breaks out.

Minnesota opens the season at home against No. 2 TCU on September 3.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to Rodrick Williams Jr.

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