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Sly Williams wavered, never fully wilted

Sylvester Williams (Bob Donnan/USA Today)

North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams played one year of high school football, didn't think he was good enough and was ready to give up. Six months of factory work motivated the then 360-pounder to make a change and he has spent the last three days increasing his draft stock.

To see the product now and read the backstory on Sylvester Williams feels like a mix of non-fiction (what is easily viewable now) and fiction (what was the first 18 years of Williams' life). He is the author of the turnaround story, the kid that hits bottom and – eventually, but not quickly – works his way to the top. He is also the main character in his story. Sylvester Williams is a hot NFL... Recommended Stories


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