Williams a Leader After Loss of Friend

1 decade 2 years 7 months ago Friday, October 12 2007 Oct 12, 2007 Friday, October 12, 2007 8:24:31 PM CDT October 12, 2007 in Sports

However, there were times it did not look like Lorenzo would ever be that guy. 

He's a 295 pound lineman.  They call him the nose tackle.  He plays in the trenches but Lorenzo Williams has another side.

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon said, "He kind of is your big soft teddy bear. That's off the field though."

"He's like a father to all of us," said Missouri senior safety Pig Brown.  "I mean some guys on the team call him uncle.  But the leadership he brings is just tremendous."

Yet this leadership almost never happened.

"We were kind of getting on Aaron a bit to keep going harder and stuff," expressed Lorenzo Williams.  "After he had died, I had to take a step back a little bit and I was kind of quiet for a while.  You know coach was kind of worried 'Are you okay?' 'Yea, I'm fine' 'Are you gonna say something?' I was like 'I don't think so."

It's interesting Lorenzo Williams' hardest day of his Tiger career is actually what makes him such a leader today. It happened after a summer workout when Aaron O'Neal died.

"That was kind of a life changing event for me especially because I haven't ever had a friend that I knew, that I was close with die at a young age," said Williams.

"It was at that time when he did kind of change and he was actually at that workout," expressed senior tight end Martin Rucker.  "I definitely know how heavy that was on him and I think it made him a better person."

Williams took his emotion from that day and now uses it to inspire others. 

"He just makes everybody feel the way he feels and you can't help but feel it," said Brown.  "Because when you got a guy like Zo, you can't help but respect him.  

"The thing that really gets me is that sign they got outside the linebackers' room with his picture on it," said Rucker.  "That gets me sometimes.  I mean so definitely still on my mind definitely still in my heart."

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