Williams: "It Is Still Family"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State great Mario Williams met with the media to discuss having his No. 9 honored and what it meant to play for the Wolfpack.

Mario Williams

"Just having guys who are coming back, guys who are still living in the area or even if they are making that trip, it just means a lot."

"I don't know if the younger guys realize it. When they're done playing here I think they'll get it. It is still family."

"I try to watch [N.C. State] as much as I can. I definitely like what [Coach Doeren] is doing. I think the biggest thing for people to understand is simply his style, what he is looking for in players; he has to mold that, which I think he is going to be able to do starting with recruiting and things like that."

"I think he is a great guy and he is a great coach. He communicates. I think that is the biggest thing. I am excited to see the changes he is going to bring about here."

"I don't have a little brother, so I consider Manny [Lawson] my little brother. He is so skinny. If he was here he could defend himself, but he is not. It is great to see Manny [in Buffalo]. There are a lot of memories."

"I think [the indoor facility at N.C. State] will be great. Sometime you get inclement weather during football season and even spring ball. I think it'll be great to get practices in and not have to miss any time and I am pretty sure the other sports will use the facilities, so I think it will be great for everybody."

"At the end of the day, it does not matter where you are at. I don't care if it a town like mine [Richlands] of two thousand people. We didn't have stops signs. We didn't even have a speed bump. It doesn't matter."

"It is about being determined, focused and not letting things sidetrack you. You have to put yourself in the right position with friends, the things that you do. Just one bad decision can ruin you the rest of your life."

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