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Old 07-27-2008   #1
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HOUSTON (AP)—Mario Williams isn’t comfortable as the face of the Houston Texans. The defensive end is so uneasy with the notion he pretends not to notice.

“I really don’t pay much attention to it,” he said. “You know I don’t watch TV or read newspapers or magazines.”

When pressed, he continued: “I don’t have to know that. I’m just here to play ball and be part of the team.”

Like it or not, last year’s 14-sack season has made Williams this relatively anonymous team’s biggest star. Now the Texans are waiting to see how the top overall pick in 2006 will follow it up.

Williams made a big jump last season after having 4 1/2 sacks as a rookie while playing through a painful foot ailment. Houston defensive coordinator Richard Smith expects even more in 2008.

“He’s a lot more disruptive than a year ago,” Smith said. “He finished the year strong, which, I think, means more confidence. And, in turn, I think he’s going to have more success than he had a year ago. I’m not just talking about sacks; I’m talking about hurries on the quarterback and disruptive plays.”
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Admirably humble, indeed. It's sad how some players get a taste of success and publicity.......and after a while ride the wave of their press clippings and past merits instead of focusing their attention to maintaining and improving their skills.
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My authentic Battle Red, Mario Williams jersey just came in last week! He's becoming my favorite player, after all the media BS he's been through. I can't wait to sport it this year. Here in the Austin area alot of people still on VY's nuts?
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Texans owner Bob McNair, quoted in the Houston Chronicle on rising star DE Mario Williams: “I think he has separated himself. If you go back and look at the films last year, there’s only two or three people who could possibly play at the level he plays. I’m excited because people haven’t given him the recognition that he’s due. And he’s been terrific from Day One. All of a sudden people think he’s become this terrific player. Well, he’s been a terrific player, but one person can’t do it by themselves. Now he has more tools, teammates who can help more, and so you get a chance to see his talent and it’s more obvious to everyone.”
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Texans owner Bob McNair, quoted in the Houston Chronicle on rising star DE Mario Williams: “I think he has separated himself. If you go back and look at the films last year, there’s only two or three people who could possibly play at the level he plays. I’m excited because people haven’t given him the recognition that he’s due. And he’s been terrific from Day One. All of a sudden people think he’s become this terrific player. Well, he’s been a terrific player, but one person can’t do it by themselves. Now he has more tools, teammates who can help more, and so you get a chance to see his talent and it’s more obvious to everyone.”

A blind ESPN reporter (typical) walks into Reliant Stadium with a guide dog. He picks the dog up and starts swinging it around his head. Having alarmed the surrounding fans, a security guard approaches him: "Can I help, sir?" 'No thanks,' says the reporter. "Just looking and gathering material for my article."
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A blind ESPN reporter (typical) walks into Reliant Stadium with a guide dog. He picks the dog up and starts swinging it around his head. Having alarmed the surrounding fans, a security guard approaches him: "Can I help, sir?" 'No thanks,' says the reporter. "Just looking and gathering material for my article."
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gotta spread rep first though
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Mario doesn't really have the voice to go with his fearsome physique. He would rather let his exploits on the field speak for him.
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Mario doesn't really have the voice to go with his fearsome physique. He would rather let his exploits on the field speak for him.
we need to hire James Earl Jones to do voice over!
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That's refreshing to hear from a football player
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Default Re: Mario Williams is Houston’s reluctant star

One of the best and most respected by his peers defensive linemen in NFL history was a guy named Ray Childress who played for the Houston Oilers.

http://www.pro-football-reference.co...C/ChilRa00.htm He was not known as a mouth or troublemaker. Just a constant pillar of a team. It is still early but I hope to be able to continue to compare the two.
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I can't wait for the Steelers game when Mario demolishes the Steelers horrible O-line!
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When pressed, he continued: “I don’t have to know that. I’m just here to play ball and be part of the team.”
Sounds like Mario is humble just like that other guy everyone wanted the Texans to draft instead of him.

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One of the best and most respected by his peers defensive linemen in NFL history was a guy named Ray Childress who played for the Houston Oilers.
man, that guy clobbers big city prices for real.
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man, that guy clobbers big city prices for real.
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Hopefully the Pro-Bowl snub will be enought to fuel his jets for a while.
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Mario doesn't really have the voice to go with his fearsome physique. He would rather let his exploits on the field speak for him.
Perhaps he just doesn't turn his "Batman voice" loose except on gameday.
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