Ready To Roll In Tampa

By Roy Cummings
Updated: June 5, 2010

TAMPA — Sooner or later, and it’s usually sooner, a question about the knees comes up.

It’s always that way with Cadillac Williams, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back who looks back on his depressing history of knee problems as if it were nothing more than a bad dream.

“There were a lot of low points in my life during that time, but it’s kind of just all behind me now,” Williams said. “I approach my day now as if things never happened.”

Williams wishes everyone else would do the same. Few do, though, and he knows why.

Most football players never recover from one patellar tendon tear.

Williams bounced back last year to lead the Bucs in rushing after suffering two, one in each knee. Like he said, though, that’s all in the past.

“I don’t go out there worrying about if this is going to happen or that’s going to happen,” he said. “I’m pretty much over it. I feel like I’m kind of rejuvenated now.”

The Bucs aren’t there with him, not just yet.

A year ago, while he attempted his second comeback, they didn’t allow Williams to touch the ball more than 20 times in a game until late in the season. They’re still cautious with him, but Williams believes the time has come to drop the caution flag.

“I don’t want them to say we have to be careful with this guy,” he said. “I feel like I’m back, and when I say I feel better than ever, that’s the God’s honest truth.”