Detroit – Rookie receiver Jameson Williams The Detroit Lions first reported practicing this week then dropped a dime on the Motor City community on the eve of the team’s Thanksgiving Day showdown against the Buffalo Bills.
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The Lions’ 12th overall pick showed up at the Detroit Police Athletic Association (PAL) headquarters to hand out turkeys and gift cards to 100 local families on Wednesday. Although Williams has yet to dress up for an NFL game while recovering from an ACL tear he suffered at Alabama in January, he was eagerly anticipating the chance to return the favor.
“I wanted to get out there and get a chance to be in this community to talk to people and connect with people and let them know that I’m really for the people,” Williams told ESPN.
Williams was joined by several family members, including both parents, James and Tiana Williams. They helped him throughout the rehabilitation process and were there for him at his first holiday event. They hope it will become a family tradition.
“It’s great for him to come to town and help the town,” said James. “You’d better start helping.”
“The family… can’t break this bond,” Tiana added.
With the Lions in the midst of their first three-game winning streak since 2017, the team is hopeful that Williams can contribute immediately once he is released.
On his first Monday afternoon, he ran the passing tree roads with the quarterback practice team Tim Boyle After the team toured. Believing in his abilities, Boyle left coaching.
“Very smooth, very quick. Really good getting in and out of the breaks, and I ran really clear roads,” Boyle said of Williams. “It was definitely good to see him. You could tell he was excited to be back out there. It was just kind of holding back his little smile.”
The Lions haven’t set an exact date for his return, but head coach Dan Campbell expects it to happen sometime after the Thanksgiving game.
When Williams hits the field, he’ll be rocking the former Lions’ quarterback Matthew StaffordOld No. 9 in Detroit. He contacted the current Los Angeles Rams quarterback before choosing the number, who gave him his blessing, with the reply, “That 9’s going to be moving a lot faster off the field.”
With community events like PAL food gifts, and potentially high output on the field, Williams hopes to create his own legacy in Detroit once he’s finally able to play.
“Number 9 is a legendary number for Detroit, but no disrespect, I really want to take on that legacy,” Williams said. “I want the Nine to be remembered for me and what I did for Detroit.”