After practice, I asked coach Mike McCarthy about Williams' development from Year 1 to Year 2. McCarthy mentioned Williams' increased strength. That seemed like something worth following up on when I saw Williams striding across the locker room about an hour later. So, I asked the obvious question of what Williams did during the offseason. I didn't get the obvious response. What followed was an entertaining 10-minute exchange featuring Williams, myself and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein, among a few others who popped in.
By now, you probably know where this is going. We would have run with this ASAP on Friday without the real world intervening in the cruelest of ways.
So, here you go: D.J. Williams, in his own words.
Coach McCarthy said you are stronger than a year ago? Did you do anything special during the offseason or is that just the byproduct of a year up here?
"Yeah, I was wrestling cows back in Arkansas in the offseason. It works out real good, especially if you get them with a baby calf, (then) they're really aggressive. That really helped. It started off as cow tipping but once they start charging you, you have to go to defense mode."
You're kidding ...
No, I'm serious. ... If you're trying to impress a girl, go wrestle a cow. That's the way to do it.
After a bunch of questions that had nothing to do with cattle, I bring the interview back on topic ...
Are you really serious about the cows?
No, I wrestled cows every day. Back home in Arkansas, we don't have anything else to do.
How do you wrestle a cow?
You just try to not get hurt or die and do whatever you can to stay alive. ... It's very difficult to put them on the ground. If you can wrap the hind leg with the front leg, you have a good chance if you give a good enough push.
Did you do rodeo as a kid?
I didn't. I just roomed with a whole bunch of country people in college. We didn't have anything else to do.
Is that allowed in an NFL contract? I know there are clauses forbidding some players from riding motorcycles, for instance ...
I guess it's what they can prove in court. I don't see too many cameras out there in the pasture.
Dairy cow? Beef cow? Does is matter?
It depends if you pick on the wrong cow. If their calf is out there, you better get your head right because it's going to be a battle.
How much does a cow weigh?
I'm not sure. It weighs enough to put up a good fight, that's for sure. (After laughter and a pause in the conversation, Williams adds ... ) I feel like you're going to follow me around next offseason.
I might ...
That's the key: You've got to learn how to do it when no one's watching. I guess that's what builds good character.
What do you get out of it?
I guess three things now: For a good time and it helps with football, obviously, and it's a good way to impress a girl.
Does that work?
Of course it worked.
Do you have to show them or do you just tell them about it?
You just say, ‘Let's go cow tipping.' They feel like it's a good rush when the cow starts chasing you. They think it's to impress them but I'm actually working on my football skill at the same time. Two birds, one stone.
Any photographic evidence?
You have to be there to experience. If you all get lucky and find yourself lost in Arkansas, you may see it.
There are a lot of cows in Wisconsin ...
The cows are different in Arkansas. I'm not sure why they are but they're just a little bit tougher. .. You all are really going to be following me now ...
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