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Trent Williams Leads Through Toughness

Posted Jan 12, 2015

While Pro Bowl offensive lineman Trent Williams battled injuries all season long, he continued to lead by example, refusing to let a tough season get to him.

As one of the Washington Redskins' team captains, left tackle Trent Williams knew he had an obligation as the rest of his teammates looked up to him during difficult times in 2014.

While the team struggled on the field at times during the season -- which included a six-game losing streak at the tail end of the year -- Williams continually reminded his teammates to fight on, even when it might've been difficult to do so.

One of the ways he did that was by playing through a string of injuries.

“Even though he has been banged up a little bit and hadn’t put up the gaudy numbers as far as sacks allowed or what have you, I think people know what kind of player he is in the running game and pass pro and all that stuff and his consistent approach to the football game,” head coach Jay Gruden said in December. “He’s a solid football player, great guy and obviously provides leadership for us at a tough time.”

Williams, who was selected by the Redskins with the fourth-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has appeared in 71 games with 70 starts during his five-year career.

Throughout his time in D.C., he’s experienced several highs and some lows, one of which was the 2014 season.

The “pretty wild ride," Williams said, has admittedly been frustrating, but there is some optimism heading into the 2015 season.

“We’ll learn from this experience and we’ll grow from it,” he said. “I definitely look forward to getting back on the field next season and I know everybody is getting ready to go out there and right our wrongs that we made this season. …We’re looking forward to it. I know I am, personally.”

Williams said one of the ways his team can improve is by dissecting game tape of some of their victories last season and picking out what made them perform well in those games.

“I think we had a couple wins that I think tested the character of this team,” the Oklahoma product said. “I think we can go back and look at those moments and try to channel that team that played in those particular teams every Sunday next year and I think we’ll be in a far better place.”

From a personal standpoint, Williams continues to be one of the top offensive lineman in the NFL, as he was voted to a third straight Pro Bowl despite being banged up for a majority of the season.

While his status for the Pro Bowl remains unclear after an injured ankle removed him from the season finale, Gruden appreciates what Williams did during the season and thinks he “very much deserves” the recognition he’s been given.

“For the most part I still think he is one of the top left tackles in the league,” Gruden said. “Your expectations are so high for somebody that talented that you don’t expect them to get beat ever, but that does happen and we’re obviously proud of the fact that he made it to the Pro Bowl and we think he very much deserves it.”

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