Kansas City chiefs running back Damian Williams pulled out of the 2020 NFL season amid the COVID-19 epidemic, the team announced Wednesday. On Thursday, Williams joined SiriusXM NFL Radio To reveal why.
Chiefs RB Damian Williams explains his rationale for dropping out of the 2020 NFL season, which hits close to home.
“It was tough .. football is my life, especially coming out of a championship”
– SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) 30 July 2020
“To me, it was a type of cut, straight, simple, perfect,” Williams said. “I am working with a family case – my mother was just diagnosed with cancer, and is stage IV.”
Stage IV means that the cancer has spread to other organs or parts of the body. Williams pointed out that as the oldest of three sons in his family, no other decision could be made.
“Whatever is going on, it was the only one for me. I never had the opportunity to visit my father there. My mom is my rock, my everything. During such a difficult time, I feel that I should be next to her every step. “
Williams reported that he changed into his circle – his close family and friends – as he debated whether he would play. Her mother tells her that no matter what she eventually decides, she will follow him.
It was to sit out for the year, and Williams called General Manager Brett Veitch to tell him the news.
“At the end of the day, it’s tough,” he said. “Football is my life, especially a desire to come out of a championship and do a repeat, which, I know, they will handle. But at the end of the day, it’s just something personal that I had to handle. “
Williams opt-out came only four days after right guard Laurent Duvenay-Tardif, who would instead stay in Montreal to continue his work as a hospital.
The majors thus lost two offensive starts in less than a week.
“It hurts, man,” said tight end Travis Kelce via a zoom conference call on Thursday. “It hurts, but at the same time, you can clearly respect both of their decisions. Love those people. It doesn’t make me feel any trouble about one of them. I would totally respect that. Am what they are doing, and you know what that is? I think Coach (Andy) Reid, vetch, front office is going to do an incredible job of trying to fill that void. We have that People in the locker room can fill the void. I honestly believe that is true. We have an incredible roster, and I’m very excited to see how this group moves together. “
Williams was a key part of the premier’s last two postshean runs, and he was the MVP Award winning candidate in a Super Bowl LIV win because of his 133-yard, two-touchdown performance. With Williams out for the year, the Chiefs will betray first-round player Clyde Edwards-Hallaire.
“He’s an all-time back,” linebacker Anthony Hitchens said. “Our job is to prepare him for Week 1 as a defense – make him look different, practice harder, try to ship the ball out, put some tight coverage on it, and I think We have a lot of veterans who are going to do it. “
Because of the unique circumstances that this offenses and the pact between the NFL and the players, Edwards-Hellair would not have the luxury of a Presence game to serve as a dress rehearsal.
Hitchens was not worried when it came to creating this new starter.
“You can get ready for Week 1, especially at this pace and the pace that Coach Reid presents to us,” he explained, “so I believe he’ll be ready by Week 1 – and all of which are Playing back with him. I know that if you show up to practice and you practice hard, you’ll be ready from week 1. You don’t have a choice. You either stay up or you’re here Fall behind. “
Like if Williams plans to return to the majors to play next year?
“Definitely,” he said. “Right now, my mind is going there for my mother, but also working my butt – a beat is not missing … My people are barely going to work every day, in the city (Kansas City) Putting it on. I can’t just sit back and pick up the ball and it gets a jolt. It’s not what it is. I’m going there for my mother, but I’m getting after it.
“I plan on coming back, and I plan to do it again.”