Special Interview with Garrick Williams

Immediately following the draft last month, the Bills signed to the roster or invited for a try out approximately 25 undrafted free agents. Garrick Williams, LB for Texas A&M was among those signed. Garrick was one of several rookies who immediately embraced his new team and its fans over the social media space. He was kind enough to spend a few moments answering some questions we had for him.

(Photo by John Rivera/Icon SMI)
(Photo by John Rivera/Icon SMI)

First off, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this short interview with me on behalf of the Bills Mafia Blog.

So you were actually a wide receiver in high school, but transitioned to linebacker once you arrived to Texas A&M. Is that correct? How did that happen?
Yes I played WR in HS. We needed help on defense my freshman year & when coach asked me could I play defense, I told him I had never played it and he told me perfect! Since then I’ve been making strides to become one of the best.

You’re coming from a 3-4 defense at Texas A&M, where do you see yourself in the Bills 4-3 alignment?
Even though I came from a 3-4 Defense I also played in the 4-3 scheme as well at A&M. I believe I can play both Inside & Outside, having experience at both. I played Sam backer in the 4-3 scheme.

You’ve played with several players who have made the successful leap from Texas A&M to the pros, among them Von Miller. Have you kept in touch with any players who graduated ahead of you and if so, who? What have they told you to expect about life in the NFL?
Yea Von is my brother, we’ve went from playing little league ball to Jr High to HS to College. I talk to him all the time. He is a great guy, always willing to give information. Talking to him all the time really helps me put the NFL into perspective.

Did you have an athlete as a role model growing up, maybe someone you wanted to model your game after?
My Role Model athlete was Kobe Bryant. I say this because I love the way he carries himself, he is a confident player who always is looking for a challenge/obstacle to overcome. Also he is not afraid to take charge and play the vital role he plays with his team.

If you could play any other position in any other sport, what would it be?
I would play shooting guard, only because me & Kobe play the same position and he learned everything he knows from me, haha just kidding.

(John A. Bowersmith/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)
(Photo by John A. Bowersmith/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)

When you’re not training for the upcoming season, what are some things you enjoy doing away from the game?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I believe that the people you surround yourself with greatly correlates to the character aspect in your life. I also enjoy playing my PS3-Madden, 2k, & NCAA.

You appear to enjoy interacting with fans on Twitter. What are your thoughts on how social networking has changed the landscape of collegiate and professional sports?
I love interacting with the fans because I understand the importance of the role they play. Fortunately I was able to play college ball in front of the best fans in college football, The Fighting Texas Aggie fans! Social Networking helps build a line of communication between the fans and the team, which is very important!

Is there anything you’d like to say to the Bills Mafia to close?
Bills Mafia, I am excited about this opportunity. Already I have experienced just a taste of what Bills Mafia is all about. Im looking forward to working with the Veteran Bills to improve our chances of bringing a championship to Buffalo!! Proud to be a Buffalo Bill!!

Thank you very much again for your time Garrick and best of luck in your new NFL career!

About Del Reid

Del Reid became a Bills fan shortly after coming into this world, having been raised in a home that actually had a framed picture of OJ Simpson on the wall in the living room (until it came down in 1994). Del has always had a passion for bringing people together to celebrate things they share in common. As a result, he (quite accidentally) ended up co-founding the #BillsMafia movement among Bills fans in social media -- which to this point is the coolest thing that has ever happened to him aside from his relationship with God, his wife, and his two awesome kids. Follow him on Twitter at @mrdeadlier.