Lions rookie LB Antwione Williams doing everything he can to stay ahead of learning curve

When the Lions drafted linebacker Antwione Williams in the fifth round, they knew they were getting a hard worker.

“I work really hard at what I do,” Williams told “It’s like anything, you’re not going to pick it up if you don’t try to actually learn it. I know I spend, shoot, two to three hours every night studying my assignments.”

Observing veterans such as Tahir Whitehead and Josh Bynes has really opened his eyes as to how much dedication it takes to have your number called on game day.

“It’s just little things,” Williams said. “I see Tahir up here, they get off at noon and he’s up here at 5 o’clock, working out, rolling out, stuff like that. It’s little things that people don’t see, people up here taking care of their bodies. Being able to go out and ask these guys what they see on the field, what happens, their experiences, it kind of leap frogs you ahead of where you can be own your own.”

While at Georgia Southern University, he wanted to make sure he was as versatile as possible.

“I can play anything the coaches need me to play,” he said. “I’m pretty much learning everything. I’m not just stuck to one position, learning just one thing. You need me to play Mike this week, I can play Mike. You need me to play Sam this week, I can play Sam.”

His approach to life is much like his approach on the football field: no challenge is too tall.

“I’m the type of person, I don’t feel like anything is too complicated, anything is too much of a challenge,” Williams said. “I just go ahead and dive into it and figure it out. Sometimes it might not work out perfectly the first time, but trial and error, you fix it.”

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