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Williams ready to make start for Seattle

TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Mike Williams has never started on opening day in three lackluster NFL seasons.

That tells you immediately how much of a bust the career of the former first-round pick has been.

Now three years removed from his last NFL game, Williams finds himself listed as the starter on Sunday when Seattle opens its season at home against San Francisco.

When Williams was given a second chance this spring by his former coach at Southern California, Pete Carroll, many viewed it as a goodwill gesture toward a former Trojan who never met his potential.

Williams says he heard those doubters and fought to keep out any negativity. The result, he believes, is what has transpired on the field.