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Just ask Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams. Of course, if you do ask him, you may want to cover your ears.
“I don’t give a f***,” he told reporters about the Lions being this year’s featured team.
Detroit running back Jamaal Williams (30) engages the fans prior to the start of the NFL game between the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons on December 26th, 2021 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Williams is always a pretty good interview and always fairly direct and open when speaking to reporters. He is as real as they come, refusing to give the vanilla answers so often pushed by team PR staffs.
So not surprisingly, that wasn’t all he had to say about Hard Knocks. He elaborated.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (30) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter of a regular season NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions on September 12, 2021 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
“All that is to me now is more cameras walking around staring at me,” Williams said. “I don’t care. I just want to play football. I want to win a Super Bowl — this year. Forget the Hard Knocks, all that stuff. It’s just going to happen, you know what I mean? Like, people think I’m funny, but I don’t do it on purpose. It’s just me. I just walk around and just be me all the time, that’s it. I can’t fake nothing.
“But they’re gonna see it. They’re gonna see it on my face. Every time they’ve got a camera in my face, I’m just gonna look at them. We’ve got people here to do that already. So if they’re not people you already know and they’ve got a camera in my face, I’m not gonna smile at them. Maybe. We’ll see.”
Williams is entering his second season with the Lions after four years with the Green Bay Packers. He rushed for a career-high 601 yards on 153 carries, with three touchdowns. He is clearly among the team’s greatest reasons for hope.
Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams (30) reacts after a play during an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco 49ers in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Sunday, September 12, 2021. (Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Basically, he is the type of player who Hard Knocks loves. But from the sounds of things, the feelings may not be mutual.