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The story behind Trent Williams' nickname and Roger Goodell's introduction


When Trent Williams walked from the green room to the stage Thursday night, he was beaming as he gave Commissioner Roger Goodell a big man-hug and they both shared a laugh. There was bit of an inside joke that Goodell shared with everyone in Radio City Music Hall and those watching on television when he announced the Redskins' pick as Trent "Silverback" Williams.

First, let's have Williams address the nickname:

"The 'Silverback' thing came from teammates just joking around over the years. It kind of stuck with me," Williams said. "I'm always saying how I want to be a beast on the field and Silverback is a beast, so they just kind of gave me the nickname."

And so how did that nickname go from the practice field in Norman, Okla., to the stage of Radio City Music Hall? Well, the day before the draft began, all of the top prospects in New York met with Goodell. "We had a meeting with him in the office and I was just joking around with him. It was kind of quiet and I just wanted to throw a little joke in. He asked me, did I want him to do it? I said, 'Go ahead.' I really didn't think he would."

By Rick Maese  |  April 23, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  NFL Draft , Offensive line , Trent Williams  
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Comments

FIRST to hope he lives up to his nickname.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 23, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

I didn't realize he ran a 4.8...thats pretty fast for a cat that big...match him up with phil d's lifting program, and lets roll....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Well, I guess people are still drunk and sleeping from last night. No picks today, its the weekend, oh! Go ahead, take a few extra nap! After many months of pounding each other to death, oh my God! Its Silverback Trent Williams! How come all the RI analyst missed this? If you look back at most post, you can only laugh, boy we look stupid with all our prediction. Someone even bet his mortgage that the pick is Okung, sorry you've just lost your house. Some says its Bradford, Clausen, Berry, Suh.....Oops! The pick is Trent! McNabb can now sleep easy. Any guess for Saturday pick? Lets start the speculations, after-all, we have a whole day!
My guess again? Best available tackle in 4,5 and 7. That's all!

Posted by: abxinc | April 23, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm 127% sure he is going to work out well for us..

Side note, Taylor Mays is still available.. I would like to see us somehow get into the 2nd round to grab him.

Side, side note, the Lions might be pretty good this year.

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 23, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey beantown remember yesterday when I predicted that fdallas would move up to pick dez Bryant? I think you said no they wouldn't and that no one would. I do baby!

Posted by: chrislarry | April 23, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

so much for them taking spiller...

so much for clausen being the pick...someone was saying this morning that kiper got 6 out of 32 correct....19 percent...I think I could do that...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I wanted Okung but I'm grudginly willing to concede that Shannahan and Allen may know a little more than me about football. Seems like a great kid with amazing athleticisim. CSN did a nice piece on him and his family this morning, seems like this is really where he wanted to be (despite growing up in Dallas). Him and Kelly are tight, went to HS together as well as OU. Great job Shanna-Allen. New regime off to a strong start. Now trade Campbell and get back at it!

HAIL

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 23, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you there, Greg...benching only 23 reps at the combine is a complete embarrassment for an O-lineman. If he gets stronger, he can earn that "Silverback" nickname for real.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 23, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

You know Goodell is teflon when, in 2010, he can, as a rich, powerful, middle-aged white guy, refer to a young black man as a type of gorilla, and nary a peep from the PC police. I'm glad there isn't, as it was obviously a good-natured, inside joke between the two and generally think political correctness is a crock...but Howard Cossell would'a killed for that much benefit of the doubt, don'cha think?

Posted by: MColeman51 | April 23, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

LOL Monty...yea, I was kinda thinkin that in the back of my head. Even tho Trent asked him to do it, I'm shocked that Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson aren't picketing outside NFL Headquarters.

Goddell is as untouchable as you can be in 2010

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 23, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

someone was saying this morning that kiper got 6 out of 32 correct....19 percent...I think I could do that...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 8:19 AM

Really? Then show us your stuff. Tell us how the second round will go. Let's see you get six right.

6 out of 32 is not bad, especially when you consider that there were 11 trades. How did the other draft gurus do? I think four of Kiper's hits were the first four picks -- he called the 'Skins taking Williams when most people had us taking Okung.

Posted by: League-Source | April 23, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Hey beantown remember yesterday when I predicted that fdallas would move up to pick dez Bryant? I think you said no they wouldn't and that no one would. I do baby!


wow...awesome...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I recognize I have a crow salad sandwich to eat up here about pimping Okung to the Lions, but I still say Schwartz is sand bagging about Jeff Backus being their LT next season. Revised (potential crow-eating) prediction: Jammal Brown or Jared Gaither is a Lion next season.

Posted by: dcsween | April 23, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

ls, the 33rd pick will be traded...how about that???

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Jammal Brown or Jared Gaither is a Lion next season.

Posted by: dcsween | April 23, 2010 8:27 AM |

Can't they just move Jansen over to the other side of the Lion line?

Posted by: League-Source | April 23, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

MColeman, it's just a bit different when the young black man you refer to actually ASKS the rich, powerful white guy to call him that. And I guarantee you that less than 1/5th of the people who heard that have any idea what the hell that even meant.

So move along, dude. No controversy to see here.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 23, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Well, I guess people are still drunk and sleeping from last night. No picks today, its the weekend, oh! ... My guess again? Best available tackle in 4,5 and 7. That's all!

Posted by: abxinc | April 23, 2010 8:17 AM

The day isn't over yet and the Skins have four tradeable starters worth value in these rounds.

My guess for 4,5, and 7 ... linebackers (and other BPAs who can play special teams right away, i.e., no Marko Mitchell types).

Posted by: dcsween | April 23, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Who did Philly, and NY end up with??

I know that this area is up in arms over the pats passing on a top wideout, which makes me happy...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Would I like to see the Skins get a pick or two more in the draft..sure. However, I hope that they don't panic and give players away for nothing. As it stands right now, the Skins would land six new players to the team by use of their draft picks in this draft. It's not a complete compliment of players, but it is damn well close. Shanallen need to keep playing their hand the way they have all offseason. Their will be players who can help this team this year available after the draft.

Posted by: TWISI | April 23, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan said, "we're not going to give up the farm to get a second-round draft pick."

That's great news. Now let's not give up PICKS to get the FARM, ever again.

Posted by: Pepper5 | April 23, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Who did Philly, and NY end up with??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse
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They took DE's to cancel out our Left Tackle-fu

Posted by: mattsoundworld | April 23, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Greg, NY took JPP and the Eagles moved up to 13 to get a DE as well. Everyone thought they were gonna get one of those stud safeties to replace Dawkins, but I guess Andy Reid just loves pass rushers.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 23, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I heard it on the radio. After WR the position most likely to be a bust in the first round is DE. That last year five DEs were taken in the first round and only Orakpo had a successful rookie year. In that context, if Jarmon turns out to be servicable at DE we have to feel real good about giving up the third rounder for him.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 23, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

I'd be really interested to know what Haslett's opinion of Jarmon and having used a 3rd on him is.

Posted by: MColeman51 | April 23, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

beantowngreg eats large rations of crow every offseason. See: Haynesworth, Kelly, and now, Bryant...

just joking man, don't go breaking my legs and whatnot...

Posted by: RedDMV | April 23, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

"someone was saying this morning that kiper got 6 out of 32 correct....19 percent...I think I could do that..."

If he can do that ten years in a row he'll be at 190%.

Posted by: wireman65 | April 23, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

So the man who could not beat out PHIL LOADHOLT is the new LT for the REDSKINS. Here's hoping he is the STARTING LT as well by his play and not default. As the old Zen-Master says, "We'll see."

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 23, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Jared Veldheer (OT)
Height:6'8"
Weight:312 lbs.
Arm Length:33 in.
Hand Size:10 in.
Time:5.09
Bench:32 reps

If we stand pat till Saturday, this dude is reachable.

Posted by: abxinc | April 23, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Where is 4thFloor?

My guess is probably in the house under the covers with the shades drawn with a stench of boiling crow coming from his kitchen...

Posted by: RedDMV | April 23, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

If he can do that ten years in a row he'll be at 190%.


Posted by: wireman65 | April 23, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

And the rest of the prognosticators 1000%?

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 23, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Hmm... Trent. I'm happy with it. Simple, done. Good.

Moving on. Haynesworth... What do we do with this guy. He clearly doesn't want to play in the 3-4. He has been paid millions. He has more talent than any other person on our entire team. He also has the work ethic of Clinton Portis. Tough. I do not envy Shanny and Brucy on this one. Do you realize hes a waste and trade him for whatever you can get? Do you hold out for a 2nd.. and if not keep him? Do you take a 3rd? Do they try to hug and kiss and make up.. .see if he'll come in and play hard for us?

Tough. I just hope we dont just give him away yet. At least try to bring him in, say look... no one wanted you. We offered you for a 5th round pick and no one bit. Maybe that'll wake up him, but who knows... its tough to be motivated when you receive a check for 21 million dollars... ha what an insane amount.

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | April 23, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

matt, thanks, wonder what ny is gonna do with 4 de's...osi, tuck, matty, and this new cat....interesting...

If they could get the 2nd, and last of the 2nd round picks from NE for their first

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 23, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

It's cool, we'll flip McNabb to the Vikings for a first rounder when Brett Favre retires. j/k

Seriously though I think we can still land a right tackle in the 4th...if we still have that pick by then.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | April 23, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Word red! Sorry beanie but hour crystal ball is a siht cloud....how can anyone forget the circuit city is a well run company the day they file chapter 11...not me obviously. Beanie v kiper...bet on the hairdoo.

Bg any advice we can bet against in NBA or NHL playoffs, momma needs a new pairof shoes.

Posted by: chrislarry | April 23, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

i'd love to face ah...

Posted by: chrislarry | April 23, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Not if you were the guy assigned to block him. Say what you want about the guy's work ethic, or lack thereof, but no other defender on our team consistently draws double-teams, thereby freeing up other guys to make plays. I'm glad that we're not going to just give him away.


Posted by: rbpalmer | April 23, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: rbpalmer | April 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Mee Beep

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 23, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Trade Jarmon, would he fetch a third? Obviously not.

Posted by: Pepper5 | April 23, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

So the man who could not beat out PHIL LOADHOLT is the new LT for the REDSKINS. Here's hoping he is the STARTING LT as well by his play and not default. As the old Zen-Master says, "We'll see."

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 23, 2010 8:56 AM


Dude, he played in the lineup WITH Loadholt. I'm not sure why you're down on this pick, but don't make it sound like he was a bum in college because he wasn't.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 23, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

So the man who could not beat out PHIL LOADHOLT is the new LT for the REDSKINS. Here's hoping he is the STARTING LT as well by his play and not default. As the old Zen-Master says, "We'll see."

Posted by: glawrence007 | April 23, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

He didn't beat out Loadholt because Williams was the STARTER at Right Tackle. With Shanahan's coaching and working out in an NFL weight room, Trent Williams could become a very dominant left tackle.

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | April 23, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Well, I guess people are still drunk and sleeping from last night. No picks today, its the weekend, oh!

Posted by: abxinc | April 23, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I was gonna watch the Caps close out the Habs tonight, anyway . . .

Posted by: rbpalmer | April 23, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I noticed from combine results that comparison between Okung and Williams:

Williams faster in 40, Okung 15 MORE reps on 225 bench press. All other stats close.

15 more reps is significant at virtually same height, weight, position, age, etc...

Trent better start doing some serious pushups - there were 10 RB's who outlifted him.

Posted by: reindeerterp | April 23, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

This is all schematic this guy is quicker. on the Backside. I think sometimes we forget that old-school coaches like Shanny are going to use the run to set up the pass. Everything is off play action and if the tackle cannot get the cut off block nothing works. Look at the film. He did a great job on backside blocks at OU. Shanny's O-Line are not maulers. They out quick you and wear you down from running side to side.

Posted by: jtrob_1 | April 23, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

So ol' Rog has a sense of humor, eh?

Hope SilverBack does well so that the 'We coulda had OKUNG' forehead smacks don't start.

Posted by: kahlua87 | April 23, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Im not worried about Trent Williams strength after he gets into a NFL wieght program he'll be fine..

Im still curious though where will JC go because Buffalo and Oakland passed on Quarterbacks in the first round but Clausen and McCoy have slipped into the second if one of the those teams do not pick a one of them at that point I would have to believe JC would be traded their for most likely a 4th

Rocky most likely a 5th

Posted by: PardenMiSwage | April 23, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

No complaints with the pick, but we're still not going anywhere anytime soon except for maybe 8-8 or a first round loss. McNabb will make sure we dont draft that high again but won't win anything either. What will we do in 2 years with only a mid round pick and half the team is overage? We're still going to need a QB,RB, and an entire D-line by then not to mention more work on the O-line. As long as we keep going for FAs and other teams' garbage, we will always be three or four players away. Our player of decade was an OT and we're in position to see the same thing again. It should be a real impact player like a QB if we're any good. This is a missed opportunity to land a potential great one and we'll settle for our rent-a-player eagle franchise star for a couple years and start looking again, only this time without a high pick. You gotta figure Shanahan's only looking to be here a few years so he probably doesn't care too much about future beyond 2012 right now. If we don't win it all by then, we're screwed, and if we do, enjoy it, because we won't get close again for a long long time. With a franchise QB, you always have a chance. Not us.

Posted by: dg_photofl | April 23, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

If you were watching ESPN draft coverage and not the NFL network, then you saw if looks could kill from Tom Jackson, Steve Young would be dead. I'm glad the mute button was handy because whenever Young talked, I muted him. Even Boomer had a problem with Young's interruptions. Gotta be the last year for Steve Young in this format.

Posted by: getitritegov | April 23, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Guys-- We have to remember that it has taken these guys a decade to run this org in the ground! We will not turn it around in 90 days. I think we will do very well to go 8-8. That would equate to a 25% increase year over year and that will get you rich in the business world.

Posted by: jtrob_1 | April 23, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

No complaints with the pick, but we're still not going anywhere anytime soon except for maybe 8-8 or a first round loss. McNabb will make sure we dont draft that high again but won't win anything either. What will we do in 2 years with only a mid round pick and half the team is overage?

Posted by: dg_photofl

IMO, dg, we'll be better off with a mid-range pick. It's clear for now at least (new CBA pending) that it is next-to-impossible to trade out of the top picks to acquire more choices. But if they start picking in the mid-to-late rounds, it gives them the option to pick the players rated in the mid first round, or perhaps trade out and acquire more picks as teams like New England were able to last night. If you have a good GM and coach, and particuarly if they know how to find players to fit their system, they can make good use of extra 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round picks.

Posted by: ts35 | April 23, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

so dg_photofl,
by your post I assume u think there were some "real impact" qbs in the draft. I couldn't disagree more. why was tebow the second qb taken, he wont be "impact" and niether will bradford imo. A good left tackle was an imediate need and is a building block for the future. the best pro qbs in this year's class haven't been drafted yet. I think clausen and pike will probably start in the pros but not be "impact players"
hail

Posted by: augustiswest | April 23, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

A buddy of mine really thought that the commish was a racist and would actually slip up and let the World know. I'm glad the whole "Silverback" thing is cleared up, because I don't know if this city would've been able to sleep if it wasn't.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | April 23, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Skins should draft LT/OFFENSIVE LINEMAN JASON FOX, he has also played RT, he has been the undisputed started for the UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI=THE U, for the past 4 yrs.

JASON FOX is projected to go 4TH or 5TH ROUND, he is a good prospect, he is 6'7 with 314 lbs, this guy would be a steal, some say he could in the 2nd round, but in the chart some scouts have others on top of him because they prefer more athletic lineman, but this guy has all the intangibles to become a quality starting tackle.

some say the GREEN BAY PACKERS, have an eye on him, and as we saw yesterday in the first round, the packers like this type of big physical lineman and took BRYAN BULAGA 6-6 312 lbs, JASON FOX is a very similar if not identical to BULAGA.

LT JASON FOX and TRENT WILLIAMS RT or vesa versa, would give us two starting caliber line man and make us better and they will only get better as season progresses.

REDSKINS, Mr. Allen and Mr. Shanahan, this is your guy, JASON FOX will be a good fit for our line.

what do you guys think?


Posted by: slvtruco21 | April 23, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: slvtruco21 | April 23, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

can't wait to hear Jimmy "Sink Like A Stone" Clausen get called!

Posted by: Thinker_ | April 23, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

or Jimmy "Free Fall"

Posted by: Thinker_ | April 23, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

How about Colt "Brennan" McCoy?

Posted by: Thinker_ | April 23, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone getting sick and tired of listening to Lavar arrington and Chad talk about redskins. nothing seems to please these guys and it seems that Lavar is incredibly jaelous of Fat Albert ...Someone should tell our former belove Linebacker that he should not compare himself to Fat Albert. Al was incredible value to the skins last year, he made others around him look better , which unfortuantely Lavar could not do in his last year for us. It is pitiful. chad dukes should basically not speak, he has no analytical skills. I am just getting incredibly annnoyed on constant attacks on Dan Snyder, give the men a break, he is trying!!!!

Posted by: maz3 | April 23, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

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