Williams: 'I'm Entering The Draft'

RALEIGH, NC -- With head coach Chuck Amato beside him, NC State junior defensive end Mario Williams announced today that he will forego his senior season and enter the 2006 NFL Draft. Here is the audio from the press conference.

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Mario Williams Press Conference (23:46)

"I'm entering the draft, and I wanted to go ahead and have my press conference today."

"I really had to face the fact that I'm going to be leaving a great family here... the coaches and the players."

"I've always talked to Chuck and been around him, he's always been there. Him and the rest of the family... there's going to be a piece of my heart here. I'll always keep in touch. I'll always be a Wolfpack."

"The sky is the limit. You never know how high you can go with the way the draft works."

"As a kid you always dream about making it to the next level. It's always been there, ever since I was a little kid."

"Obviously this season. I know coaches would have cracked and crumbled, and for what coach Amato to do what he did, everything turned around drastically, it was like night and day. For us to be 2-4 and to continue to improve and stop the penalties and turnovers, and believe in the program and follow our leader. I'll always remember this season, no matter what happens. I just feel like this was phenominal."

Chuck Amato:

"You always hate to see athletes, male or female, leave any place before they get their education. Now, with that being said, I am 100% supportive of this young man's decisions on anything and everything he does."

"I'm so happy for him and his mom and his family."

"That new indoor complex might be... what do we got here... Rivers-Holt-Williams Indoor Workout."

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