Mike Williams’ return to the NFL after sitting out the past two seasons is quite a story, and Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com has written quite a story about Williams’ improbable rise to becoming the Seahawks’ leading receiver.
Even Pete Carroll, the Seahawks’ hyper-positive coach who also coached Williams at USC, doubted that the talented receiver would be able to catch on again.
“I thought he was done. I thought Mike was out of ball forever,” Carroll told Markazi. “I hate to say this, but I didn’t take Mike seriously when he said he was coming back. I wish I would have taken him more seriously but based on his time away I couldn’t imagine him turning it around.”
Williams hasn’t just turned it around, he has turned his game up a notch – or two. After his career-high 10-catch, 123-yard effort against the Bears in Chicago on Sunday, Williams leads the Seahawks with 21 catches for 261 yards as they begin preparing for this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field.