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The Jamaal Williams Experience
What a time. Watch the entire Happy Hour replay right here.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Live from Jamaal Williams’ offseason home, here’s our latest Happy Hour Replay.
The running back was as wild, as fun, as insightful as you can imagine.
This is a chance for readers to kick back with players around the league. Upgrade to a VIP membership here if you’d like. We’ll be hanging out with players all offseason. Williams isn’t only the NFL’s most spontaneous personality, he led the entire league in rushing touchdowns. He runs with violent abandon. Now a free agent, Williams will have many options next month.
Much is discussed on the Happy Hour…
His own darkness retreat. It wasn’t four days’ worth of isolation but Williams did mentally surf through different stages of his own life. It was deep. He spoke to both the childhood version of himself and a 50-year-old Jamaal.
Which Happy Potter house would Williams join? Slytherin, of course.
Anime! He’s a massive fan. Yes, I also found it strange at first but Williams explains why these wacky stories appeal to him so much.
The maniacal process of unleashing hell on Sundays. It’s calculated. All week Williams says he’s “simmering.” We shouldn’t be surprised that one of his favorite backs to study is Houston Oilers Hall of Famer Earl Campbell.
Many Packers and Lions stories. There was a training-camp running back in Green Bay who once crushed teammates with his neck in practice. Yes, his neck. In Detroit, Williams gets a kick out of those “Rebuilding since 1957” t-shirts and takes pride in trying to change what we all think about the Lions.
His RB coach, Duce Staley, had a huge impact on his game. The Carolina Panthers might’ve gotten a good one in their new OC.
Phil Collins managed to work his way onto Williams’ heavy-metal playlist.
Williams sincerely had no clue that the Lions were eliminated from playoff contention before their regular-season finale against Green Bay. Nor did Dan Campbell mention it in his pregame speech. Still, this was a team ultra-, ultra-motivated to beat the Packers at Lambeau Field. Williams explains why. (And his close friend Aaron Jones had something to do with it.)
He broke his hand last season, and played on.
Oh, that pinky jetting the wrong way? There’s a story for that, too, and it involves Jordan Love.
If you’d like to learn more about Williams, here’s our Q&A ahead of this past season.
Hope to see you at our next Happy Hour and, please, tell me which players past or present you’d like to hang out with.
You can watch the video replay above or catch the audio links below.
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Tomorrow, we’ll have a feature on possibly the most important person in the Super Bowl.
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