P.J. Williams offers a path for others back home who want to step onto NFL field (1 Viewer)

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P.J. Williams offers a path for others back home who want to step onto NFL field

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

P.J. Williams always saw football as an exit ramp, a way out of Ocala, Florida, a place that has almost 60,000 people but feels small compared to Tampa, Miami or nearby Orlando.

When he was a kid, Williams spent his Saturdays watching Florida State and his Sundays cheering for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, dreaming of someday stepping onto those NFL fields himself.

But he also felt that even the biggest fish can get lost in the deep, abundant pools of talent that spawn on high school football fields across Florida every fall, especially if that fish spends most of its time swimming in an area of the lake the big-time anglers rarely drop their hooks.

"We had so many guys that could have played (Division I) ball that didn’t end up playing anywhere," Williams said. "Just because of where we are."

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