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BigDTexansFan
05-01-2006, 06:36 PM
talks about how he offered to quit to take care of his sister and her kids, when he is brother-in-law was killed in Iraq serving in military

Williams once had other plans

The biggest surprise concerning Williams? The defensive end's dream day nearly didn't happen.

Williams pledged to quit football three years ago in order to provide for his sister, her young son and unborn baby after Sgt. Nicholas Hodson, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade was killed in a Humvee accident during Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 22, 2003.

It turns out Williams is in the best possible position to fulfill his promise after signing his new contract because his sister urged him to fulfill his football promise.

"The war started on the 19th and Nick died on the 22nd near Nasiriyah," Michelon Hodson says.

"After Nick passed, as soon as they told Mario at college, he came to my grandmother's house where I was five months' pregnant and my oldest son was 15 months.

"Mario touched my hand and said, 'Missy, I'll give it all up. I'll quit football and I'll work at McDonald's. He said, 'I'll take care of Marius and your baby.'

Hodson, 26, fought back tears as she spoke.

"I said, 'Mario, if you want to do something for me, then you go and be the best you can be and you make that big money and you will take care of us,' she says. "He was willing to give up his dream for something I needed."



What you do speaks volumes over the hyperbole of a sportswriters


http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/texans/2006-04-30-williams-pledge_x.htm :redtowel:

Mario Williams
05-01-2006, 06:37 PM
Now that is a true character. If he becomes great, he can become anyone's idol.

Brandon420tx
05-01-2006, 06:58 PM
talks about how he offered to quit to take care of his sister and her kids, when he is brother-in-law was killed in Iraq serving in military

Williams once had other plans

The biggest surprise concerning Williams? The defensive end's dream day nearly didn't happen.

Williams pledged to quit football three years ago in order to provide for his sister, her young son and unborn baby after Sgt. Nicholas Hodson, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade was killed in a Humvee accident during Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 22, 2003.

It turns out Williams is in the best possible position to fulfill his promise after signing his new contract because his sister urged him to fulfill his football promise.

"The war started on the 19th and Nick died on the 22nd near Nasiriyah," Michelon Hodson says.

"After Nick passed, as soon as they told Mario at college, he came to my grandmother's house where I was five months' pregnant and my oldest son was 15 months.

"Mario touched my hand and said, 'Missy, I'll give it all up. I'll quit football and I'll work at McDonald's. He said, 'I'll take care of Marius and your baby.'

Hodson, 26, fought back tears as she spoke.

"I said, 'Mario, if you want to do something for me, then you go and be the best you can be and you make that big money and you will take care of us,' she says. "He was willing to give up his dream for something I needed."



What you do speaks volumes over the hyperbole of a sportswriters


http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/texans/2006-04-30-williams-pledge_x.htm :redtowel:


I won't lie, my eyes started misting when I finished this... Now I KNOW we got high quality players who are high quality people on the inside.

BattleRedRaider
05-01-2006, 06:58 PM
Great read.

Too bad nobody outside this messageboard will have a chance to read it.

AtheGreat
05-01-2006, 07:01 PM
Wow, this kid seems like he has his priorities straight. I'm glad to see a guy with that kind of attitude come to us, if his playing is a great as his character, we'll be in good shape come this season.

Ibar_Harry
05-01-2006, 07:02 PM
McClain and Justice had talked about that on their show and that's why I started the tread. This is why you were hearing about this was a very fine yong man. I keep saying character counts when they put money out for a player. Character counts and it will always mean something.

Fresno State had a basketball player by the name of Rod Higgins. He played a great game for us and went on to the NBA. He had a sister who was on dialysis and wanted to povide for her. He just happened to room with a man by the name of Jordan. They became good friends and the rest is history. Every year Jordan came to Fresno to do a benefit duing th summer because of his assications with Rod. It was for the boys and girls clubs. When the NBA said other players could not come, Jordan came because his contract allowed him too. That happened on a continuous basis every summer until Jordan retired. I admire people who have those kinds of convictions. He did it because he gave his word.

Mario sounds like the same kind of guy. I have that gut feeling that he just may turn out to be real special. I don't think the Texans are going to regret taking him, but our opponents will.

TheRealJoker
05-01-2006, 07:54 PM
AHHHHHH!!! Just when I thought I knew who was our highest character guy Mario goes and messes it up!!! Now it is a toss up between Mario Williams and Demeco Ryans :redtowel:

Texans_Chick
05-01-2006, 08:20 PM
Nice article. Emailed it to friends. :redtowel:

Brandon420tx
05-01-2006, 08:36 PM
AHHHHHH!!! Just when I thought I knew who was our highest character guy Mario goes and messes it up!!! Now it is a toss up between Mario Williams and Demeco Ryans :redtowel:

Lets call it a tie, that way, we win REAL big.

Kaiser Toro
05-01-2006, 08:46 PM
Wow! Great story.

Wait I hear something coming from the Bush chorus. What's that? You said Mario Williams is soft and is not committed on the field? Thats right, keep telling yourself that.

Khari, you and your army of smilies can forecast the future. Me presenta, Super Mario! :superman:

zeplin
05-01-2006, 09:04 PM
He is definatly got class and maturity. Both of those will help him through his first year in the NFL.

SAMURAITEXAN
05-01-2006, 09:05 PM
What a guy!!! Now how many people can actually said that to your sister " quit football and work at McDonalds! Wow I wish nothing but best for Mario.

dtran04
05-01-2006, 09:12 PM
I know teams say they want "character guys" but man.......we mean it.

CoastalTexan
05-01-2006, 09:19 PM
Guys like Ryans and Williams seem like class acts. How many athletes have illegitimate children they do not pay child support for and are destructive rather than constructive. They sound like players you can really root for.

Honoring Earl 34
05-01-2006, 09:24 PM
These are guys you root for no matter what team their on and most people would agree .

TMac48
05-01-2006, 09:41 PM
talks about how he offered to quit to take care of his sister and her kids, when he is brother-in-law was killed in Iraq serving in military

Williams once had other plans

The biggest surprise concerning Williams? The defensive end's dream day nearly didn't happen.

Williams pledged to quit football three years ago in order to provide for his sister, her young son and unborn baby after Sgt. Nicholas Hodson, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade was killed in a Humvee accident during Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 22, 2003.

It turns out Williams is in the best possible position to fulfill his promise after signing his new contract because his sister urged him to fulfill his football promise.

"The war started on the 19th and Nick died on the 22nd near Nasiriyah," Michelon Hodson says.

"After Nick passed, as soon as they told Mario at college, he came to my grandmother's house where I was five months' pregnant and my oldest son was 15 months.

"Mario touched my hand and said, 'Missy, I'll give it all up. I'll quit football and I'll work at McDonald's. He said, 'I'll take care of Marius and your baby.'

Hodson, 26, fought back tears as she spoke.

"I said, 'Mario, if you want to do something for me, then you go and be the best you can be and you make that big money and you will take care of us,' she says. "He was willing to give up his dream for something I needed."



What you do speaks volumes over the hyperbole of a sportswriters


http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/texans/2006-04-30-williams-pledge_x.htm :redtowel:

Couldn't ask for a better guy.

Tale Gator
05-01-2006, 09:42 PM
Wow, Mario has got some real character -- thanks for the article. :redtowel:

Trap_Star
05-01-2006, 09:44 PM
Super Mario has a Super Heart..:ok:

Mr. White
05-01-2006, 09:51 PM
Without a doubt, I couldn't be more proud to have a guy like that suiting up for my team.

:superman:

hot pickle
05-01-2006, 09:54 PM
yah im really gonna enjoy watching this guy


we love yah mario, do your thing

Texas
05-01-2006, 10:05 PM
What a guy!

Sportsfan
05-01-2006, 10:05 PM
Good info there, thanks for posting. Glad to hear we got such a good upstanding guy.

Wharton
05-01-2006, 10:56 PM
Reggie who???

Now compare Reggie and Mario. Isn't much of a comparison. Good choice Kubes, McNair, and, sure why not, Casserly too. :redtowel:

Long-Spurs-Texan
05-01-2006, 11:50 PM
Good character is hard to come by. Hopefully he leaves it at home on Sunday when he's driving Peytons face into the grass at Reliant.

Ibar_Harry
05-01-2006, 11:51 PM
Good character is hard to come by. Hopefully he leaves it at home on Sunday when he's driving Peytons face into the grass at Reliant.

Don Drysdale was one of the nicest guys you would ever meet until he was on the pitchers mound.................

Double Barrel
05-02-2006, 12:02 AM
Great story! Thanks for posting it.

He'll be an asset to the Texans both on and off the field. :thumbup

shinerbock_girl
05-02-2006, 07:53 AM
I won't lie, my eyes started misting when I finished this... Now I KNOW we got high quality players who are high quality people on the inside.

I wish they would have had that story on the draft and show ppl what kind of guy he really is.

humbleone
05-02-2006, 08:55 AM
Super Mario indeed!!! And, it also speaks volumes that this kid, nor his family, nor his agent have ever used this story to create buzz and hype to push him up in the draft.

Man I hope we fill the stadium with "Super Mario" signs so that he can feel the love Houston fans are capable off giving their players. :redtowel:

Dime
05-02-2006, 09:07 AM
This was the day he earned the right to be called 'Super Mario' in my book.

Texanfan4ever
05-02-2006, 10:21 AM
WOW! What a story! Thanks for posting that. What a team and what a year we are going to have! We have so many guys with great character, but that story takes the cake. I can't wait until August! :fans:

Texans Front Row Crew
05-02-2006, 10:30 AM
I told my wife that story last night and she said "why isn't that in the news?". I couldn't answer her, but I like the idea that Mario didn't use the story to push up his draft status. Things like this should be reported at least on the main website. I'm very happy that we have Super Mario, and I look forward to yelling my head off on Sundays. :gotexans1

TheOgre
05-02-2006, 11:00 AM
Great story and shows Mario's character. However, I want more than a bunch of high character guys on this team. I want some winners. Lets hope he helps us do both.

El Tejano
05-02-2006, 12:31 PM
I just like Mario because his style is "AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!"