Generous, not Greedy: Browns rookie CB shares love of bowling with kids

Greedy Williams wants to make a statement on and off the field in Cleveland

Daryl Ruiter
August 28, 2019 - 11:04 pm

Daryl Ruiter-92.3 The Fan

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Parma, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Greedy Williams loved to bowl when he wasn’t playing football.

Wednesday night he got to share lanes with some special friends as he served as the host for the sixth annual Strikes For Kids bowling classic held at Rollhouse Parma.

“I really wanted to do something for a city that took me in,” Williams told 92.3 The Fan Wednesday evening. “They drafted me, and I want to give back to them.

“That is something that’s really important to me.”

Williams was blessed with the perfect nickname by his aunt and mother for an NFL cornerback, but off the field he’s aiming to be anything but greedy during his time in Cleveland with the Browns.

Thanks to Serpentini Chevrolet’s sponsorship, Williams was able to host a bowling pizza party and hand out 100 backpacks to needy kids from Ohio Guidestone. Chomps, the Browns mascot, also showed up to hand out Browns pennants that Greedy happily signed and special wristbands.

“I just want to see the smiles on their faces,” Williams said.

“Growing up I never had a professional player come back and have one to talk to so that’s something I’m trying to change. Give kids a chance to say, ‘I met Greedy Williams and I got his autograph, or he gave me a backpack.’ Kids live with those memories, so I’m definitely trying to give them one.”

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Williams, who also posed for countless pictures, offered some bowling tips and signed dozens of autographs, is preparing for his first season with the Browns after being selected 46th overall in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Training camp is finally over and once Thursday night’s preseason game is played, the focus turns to the first 53 and the regular season opener Sept. 8 against the Tennessee Titans.

Williams won’t forget his first NFL training camp under first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens.

“It was definitely intense. Coming out every day in full pads, it was a big toll on everybody’s body,” Williams said. “It was a grind… But once you make it hard in practice, then the game comes easy, so coach Kitchens did a great job getting us ready for games.”

Williams competed with Terrance Mitchell for the second starting job opposite of Pro Bowler Denzel Ward in camp and it appears that the veteran edged him out, but Williams is going to see plenty of playing time as a rookie, even if it might start off in a reserve role.

For Williams, it was an invaluable experience.  

“I learned a lot,” Williams said. “T-Mitch, he’s a quiet guy but when he says something you know he really means it. So [I tried] to follow in his footsteps and do everything he does while competing with him. He has six years in the league, so I’ve definitely tried following a guy like that.”

Mitchell wasn’t the only one doing some teaching this month.

Class was in session early in camp when Williams was matched up with Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr. While it might have initially taken a moment for Williams to appreciate being on the field with one of the game’s best, it didn’t take long for him to get over Beckham’s celebrity status.

“When we hit the field it’s just competing and may the best player win, so I go out there with that mindset,” Williams said. “I try to put my best game on his best game, and it was great competition. It showed me what the elite receivers look like in the NFL.”

Williams wasn’t perfect, but he held his own against Beckham and he made multiple plays too.  

“You get feelings like, I’m one of these guys now,” Williams said.

It hasn't taken Williams long to make Cleveland his home. The passion fans have for football in northeast Ohio has already made an impression on him. He also understands how difficult it’s been to be a Browns fan since the team came back in 1999, and he's anxious to change that.

Williams sees the talent that general manager John Dorsey assembled in less than 20 months and the thought of having the opportunity to be a part of turning the Browns into a title contender brings a smile to his face just by thinking about it.

Expectations for the Browns are at a fever pitch. Williams loves it, but he's also aware they won't meet them unless he does his part. 

“Just make a statement,” Williams said of his own expectations. “Let everyone know, I’m still that same Greedy that came out of college. [I’m] Just ready to make plays and to just win games for this city and be one of those teams that makes a run in the playoffs.”

That’s a memory that fans have been waiting for what feels like an eternity for.