Ahead of the NFL draft we had a chance to interview former Clemson WR Mike Williams. As part of his partnership with Hyundai he was able to talk to us about his time at Clemson, coming back from injury, and what he’s doing with the car company. A big thanks to Mike Williams and Hyundai for this.
Talk about how you felt coming back from injury
“It meant a lot. The injury that I had, a lot of people didn’t think I was going to get to play again. I was hearing a lot about; ‘is he going to be scared’, ‘is he still going to be that physical Mike Williams’. So, I used those doubts as motivation to keep pushing me forward.”
What was it like in your first game back against Auburn?
“I just wanted to come back and enjoy the game. That spring and summer camp, me and Deshaun came back and worked extremely hard to come out and have a great season. The first game back, I was excited! I had a lot of adrenaline, just running and getting back out there in front of the fans was great.”
How has the preparation for NFL draft been different than normal?
“A little more traveling. When you’re traveling and visiting this many teams you got to find time to get your cardio in.”
How do you make decisions on building your team of advisors/agents?
“Relationships. I need people I can trust that are also great at their jobs. I choose people that are great at what they do and they have my best interest in mind as well. I surround myself with people that are not only successful, but that also want to see me become successful.”
Tell me about your partnership with Hyundai.
“The partnership with Hyundai was called ‘Rolling with the Rookies’. They game myself and four other rookies the opportunity to work with Hyundai. It was a special piece to follow my journey and show how I got to where I am today. They wanted to come down to where I’m from, Vance, South Carolina, and get to know my story. I had a chance to work with someone that made a custom wrap for a Hyundai that I am really looking forward to.”
Is there a team that would fit perfect?
“Wherever I go, I am just looking forward to getting there, getting to know the quarterback, and making plays.”
Favorite non-football memory or experience at Clemson?
“Biggest accomplishment was graduating in 3-1/2 years. I am the first person in my family to get a college degree in Sociology, and seeing my family smile as I walked across that stage was by far my biggest accomplishment.”