On his birthday, Williams enjoys ‘dream come true’
SEATTLE -- As practice ended on Wednesday, coach Jim Zorn had two pieces of good news for his team.
First, he announced it was running back Trey Williams’ birthday.
And, after a few cheers and some singing, Zorn delivered the second announcement -- the team was getting the day off Thursday.
So, for Williams, it was a double birthday blessing.
“God is good,” Williams said with a smile, flashing a gold grill that covered his lower teeth. “We get that time off, have some time to myself to think, get better, get in that playbook, continue to get better as an athlete and get some dubs for the team.”
As he turned 27, Williams was asked to reflect on his journey, assess where he is at in his career. And, after taking a minute to think, he flashed that smile again.
“It’s a blessing, man,” he said. “Words can’t describe it. This is a game I love. It’s a dream come true. I didn’t think it would be like this, but I’m thankful.”
He’s thankful to be another year older. Thankful for a new opportunity. And thankful for what’s next.
“It’s been cool,” he said. “The guys, there’s a lot of competitiveness going on. Guys are competing for jobs and you can see it, you can see these guys care. We’re building that team unity and I’m excited for us.”
With four running backs on the roster -- he is joined by Kenneth Farrow, Ja’Quan Gardner and Lavon Coleman -- there is plenty of competition at the position, but Williams said the Dragons’ backs have bonded in minicamp and are pushing each other to ensure the group improves.
“It’s a heck of a group,” he said. “We’re getting each other better. If we don’t know something on a play, we help each other out. I feel like that’s what make a great team.
“I feel like we’ve got the best stable in the league right now. I’m confident in that. It’s going to be exciting. You’re going to see it on the field.”
The Dragons haven’t had much downtime since arriving in Seattle, but Williams said he has enjoyed a few trips on the Monorail and has tried to get out and explore the city whenever possible.
“We got to get on the Monorail, walk around, see what downtown is like,” he said. “It’s actually kind of crazy downtown. There’s a lot going on. It’s a great city, beautiful views. I feel like that’s what makes this city, the views, the water, the mountains, all of that.”
Williams is rooming with Mohammed Seisay during minicamp and the cornerback is on a vegan diet. So, in addition to getting to know someone on the defense, Williams is also learning about new ways to take care of his body.
“Mo is a good guy,” Williams said. “You don’t really get to know who people are until you get to see them on a day-to-day basis, but he’s a good guy. These guys are dedicated. They’re dedicated to their bodies and, like I said, it can only make you better.”