GREEN BAY, Wis. (ABC4 Sports) – They were freshman together at BYU. Now, they’re rookies together with the Green Bay Packers.
It seems like Taysom Hill and Jamaal Williams were just meant to play football together.
“It’s great,” Hill said at the Packers OTA practice. “We played together for a lot of years at BYU. We played and started together as freshmen at BYU and then went through the ranks together. So, to have him out here and go through this process, it kind of eases the burden.”
“It’s always great to have people that you played with and are familiar with,” Williams said. “So, you’re pretty much just going through the journey together.”
Williams. BYU’s all-time leading rusher, says he learned what toughness and perseverance really means watching Hill fight back from three season-ending injuries.
“He’s just got the mentality of always working hard,” Williams said. “No matter how many season-ending injuries he’s had, he’s always worked hard to get back and be ready for the next season.”
Whereas Hill feeds off of Williams’ exuberant personality, and his love and appreciation of being a part of an NFL team.
“We get to go out there and have fun together,” Hill said. “It’s like we’re back in college. It’s been a good time.”
“When you walk in and see that number 30 on [the locker],” Williams said. “I was like, ‘Whoo, I made it here!'”
Williams was a 4th round pick and his spot on the team seems secure. Hill was undrafted, and playing behind a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers, all he wants is a shot at one of the backup jobs, even though he knows it’s a long shot. But Hill has been counted out before.
“I have had quite the journey to get to where I am today,” he said. “I learned a lot of real valuable lessons going through injury, and I think I realized how much I really enjoy playing the game of football. So, I wanted to push through it, continue to pursue it, and thank goodness Green Bay gave me the opportunity.”
Hill proved he is the better baseball player, launching 19 home runs in a charity softball event, and ran a blistering time at BYU’s pro day, once and for all, who is the faster player?
“Me,” Williams said without hesitation. “I’ll take him. I’ll take him right now. Where he at?”