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Ravens draft pick Brandon Williams was hauling latrines a year ago

  • Jim Racalto

One of the more inspirational aspects of the NFL I enjoy seeing is long shots realize their dreams. We’ve heard countless stories of current players that grew up homeless, broke, poor, without parents, or in violence infested neighborhoods.

49ers star linebacker Patrick Willis grew up as poor as it gets in rural Tennessee. Steelers receiver Antonio Brown overcame being homeless on the streets of Miami. Baltimore Ravens third round pick, nose tackle Brandon Williams, has a similar story. One year ago, at Division II Missouri Southern, he was moving and cleaning portable toilets for a living.



“Sometimes, you got a little poop on you,” Williams told The Baltimore Sun on Saturday. “Every time I was doing that, I said to myself, ‘I gotta work harder, I’m not doing this the rest of my life.’ It motivated me to get better.”

“Sometimes, you got a little poop on you” should be on a T-shirt somewhere soon. It should be the Ravens‘ team slogan for 2013. Heck, it’s a great motto for everyone. In life, you are bound to get a little poop on you. It’s how you respond.

Aside from that, Williams’ family was homeless for six months while he was only in high school. His is the kind of story you like to see, and he’s the type of guy who appreciates the opportunities he now has infront of him. As a Steelers fan, it’s tough to root for a Raven, but I think I can make an exception in the case of Brandon Williams.


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