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10 Questions With Maxx Williams

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1. How’s it feel to get into the end zone again Sunday in Kansas City and Nick Boyle still hasn’t?

“[Laughs] I think all of us want to see Nick score. We all want to run in there and celebrate with him. He hasn’t scored yet. We all want that day so we can all celebrate.”

2. What did it mean to you to score after being inactive and the ups and downs of this year?

“I’ve been saying this when people ask me about being inactive. I just play when they want me to play and if my role that week is not to play, then so be it. I’m just here to try to help us win. I had the opportunity to score, so I loved it, it was fun, but we still didn’t win. It would have been more fun today if we had won.”

3. When you got your start in the NFL, you were the third-youngest player in the NFL. How old were you? 20?

“I was newly 21. By two weeks.” Did you drink at your draft party? “I had a couple after I got drafted. Not before. But afterwards I did. That’s a very stressful day. When your phone finally rings, that’s probably one of the best feelings I ever had in my life.”

How much tougher was it for you to transition because you were so young?

“Eh, that just sounds like an excuse for things being tough. I knew what I was getting myself into when I declared for the draft.”

4. Your father, Brian Williams, played center for the New York Giants for a decade. What’s it like having a dad who played in the NFL and how much do you bounce your thoughts off him, especially when things aren’t going well?

“It’s nice because he’s someone who actually understands how the league works and the ins and outs of it, like I said earlier with the mental aspect of it and what we go through. So it’s nice having that, but he still understands that it’s my career and I’m going to make decisions maybe he wouldn’t have made. It’s nice having someone to lean on who understands and he’ll be in my corner no matter what.”

5. What’s it like when you set the Ravens’ rookie record for receiving yards by a tight end, then have to adjust to a role where you’re not getting many passes your way?

“Mark beat it though. That’s some bull crap. I held it for what, two or three years? Nah, that’s good for Mark. He’s playing great. We’re here to win. I’m not going to be one of those selfish players that’s going to complain not getting the ball or I’m inactive. Whatever they want me or Boyle or whoever to do to win the game, I know we’re going to take it head on and do it to the best of our abilities. However my role has molded into more of an H-back or fullback, I don’t care. I just want to win football games and make the playoffs for the first time in my four years.”

6. You were more of a receiving tight end in college. How much have you learned to love blocking?

“I never disliked blocking. My dad always says it’s in my blood because that’s what he did. Blocking is just an aspect of my position. Being a tight end, I knew I just wouldn’t just be able to run routes all the time.”

7. Your knee injury in 2016, at just age 22, was a turning point for you and your career. How did that change you as a person and player?

“To be honest, it was probably a blessing in disguise. Now I feel like I’m a freshman in college again, knee-wise. My knee feels awesome. I haven’t had any issues with it since coming back. This year, I feel great, knock on wood. It was also a blessing in disguise too to show me how much I do appreciate the game. I thought at one point my career was over. I thought that was it and I had to start figuring out what I was going to do with my life. I didn’t know if I was going to get a chance to come back and play after all the rehab. It gave me a deeper appreciation of the game and deeper appreciation of what truly matters to me.”

8. Did a doctor ever say to you that they thought you would never play again?

“It was different because it was one of those things where if you do the surgery, it’s an unknown. If the surgery works, you’re probably going to feel better. But am I going to be able to learn how to play again, walk again, run again, cut again, that was unknown. We didn’t know how, with the procedures I had done, whether I was going to be able to do that well enough to play in the NFL.”

9. What’s the toughest part of your job?

“It’s the mental aspect of football. Everybody knows the physical, going out there hitting. But I don’t think people realize the time and dedication we put in behind the scenes, in meetings and on our own at home. It’s the mental aspect of playing football and what it takes.”

10. So why two X’s in your name?

“I was just talking to my mom the other day about that. I think for some reason, it’s because my name is just Maxx. So she says they put the second ‘x’ just to close the name off. So it’s just Maxx Williams and not Maxwell or anything like that.”

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