Welcome back to ouTTakes, a podcast that’s here to discuss Maryland sports from an insider’s perspective. Our goal of the podcast is to shine a different light on Terps sport figures and allow you to get to know them as people.
This time, Lila Bromberg and Matt Levine were joined by former Maryland football safety Madieu Williams. He played in the NFL from 2004-12, and was named the 2010 Walter Payton Man of the Year.
On this episode:
- Williams talks about his experience moving from Sierra Leone to Maryland at the age of nine.
- What sets the DMV area talent apart?
- Williams discusses the path that led to his success on the field for the Terps.
- The Cincinnati Bengals selected Williams in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. What was it like for him to hear his name called?
- Was he snubbed for the 2004 Defensive Rookie of the Year award?
- What led Williams to start his foundation and what did it mean to be named the 2010 Walter Payton Man of the Year?
- In 2008, Williams played on the Minnesota Vikings with some former teammates from Maryland. How much fun was it for them to reunite in the NFL?
- What is Williams’ favorite moment of his NFL career?
- Williams gives some insight on the mentality of current head coach Mike Locksley.
- He weighs in on the Washington professional football team nickname change.
- Williams discusses his thoughts on how college football and the NFL might operate with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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