Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Compacity, Sep 5, 2005.
Do this dude even play in the NFL?
What's the news and background on this dude?
He is the 2nd cousin 3 times removed from Gomer and Goober.
Well that'd make you kin folk, wouldn't it zeb?
Nope, I'm part of the Clampett family tree.
I hear his name used to be William, until he hit puberty.
Must be pretty sharp.
"Served as an intern with the Legacy Financial Group in Kansas City during the 2005 off-season".
Well, that would make us kin folk then!
Senior facts about Willie:
2002: Is rated one of the nation's top free safeties ... Is the leader of one of the best defenses in the nation ... Is both a run and pass stopper ... Names a midseason first-team All-American by CNNSI.com ... Is a candidate for the Bronko Nagurski Award, given to the nation's best defensive player ... Is also up for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back ... Played sparingly in the opener against Arkansas State ... Had three solo tackles and an assist ... Also recovered a fumble ... Recorded five solo tackles, two assists and a pass broken up in the win over LSU ... Had a team-high 10 tackles against Marshall ... Six of those tackles were solo stops ... Was named the BIG EAST's Defensive Player of the Week for his effort at Texas A&M ... Registered five solo stops, five assists and a pass broken up ... Also returned a fumble 31 yards and an interception 17 yards in that game ... Effort earned him the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week award ... Had four solo tackle at Western Michigan ... Registered a solo stop and two assists in the win at Boston College ... Also intercepted a pass and caused another pick in that game ... Had two solo tackles, an assist, caused a fumble and broke up two passes against Rutgers ... Led the secondary with six total tackles against Temple, four of which were solo stops ... Recorded four solo stops and two assists against Pittsburgh ... Also had two passes broken up and recorded his third interception of the season ... Was on the field for all 100 defensive snaps and for eight more special teams plays at Syracuse ... Recorded 11 solo tackles and three assists in that triple overtime game ... Tallied 11 total tackles against West Virginia ... Eight of those stops were solo tackles ... Registered 14 total tackles in the win over Virginia ... Seven of those tackles were solo ... Also forced a fumble ...
Personal: Willie Marquis Pile ... Born 5/25/80 in New York
VIRGINIA TECH'S PILE NAMED
NAGURSKI PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DALLAS (FWAA) – Virginia Tech senior free safety Willie Pile (Alexandria, Va.) is this week's recipient of the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week Award for his performance in the Hokies' 13-3 win over Texas A&M this past Saturday in College Station.
Pile had 10 tackles, including five solo. He was also part of two turnovers, recording an interception and a fumble recovery. He had 48 return yards, bringing back the pickoff 17 yards and the fumble 31 yards. The interception, the 11th of his career, set up the go-ahead field goal for Tech as the Hokies became the first non-conference opponent to win at College Station vs. A&M head coach R.C. Slocum.
A three-person panel from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selects the winner of the weekly award.
The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club pick a National Defensive Player of the Week each Monday. Pile will be added to the Watch List for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy which will be presented on Dec. 9 in Charlotte, N.C., by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
It sounds like a typical Coach Parcells acquisition.
Smart, likes to hit and can play special teams.
He won't set the world on fire, but he could be a good backup.
May 19, 2004
By Marni Dyer
Every team has its leaders and every leader has their own style of leadership. Some try to inspire those around them with their words and others stay silent, and let their actions speak for them.
Safety Willie Pile is the defensive captain of the Amsterdam Admirals and has become a leader for his team. Although he is one of the younger players, coming out of his rookie year with the Kansas City Chiefs, he has stepped up on the field and proved that he is worthy of others' attention.
"I know back in Kansas City, Coach Vermeil said that just because you're a rookie, doesn't mean you can't be a leader," Pile shared. "Everybody leads in different ways. I'm not real vocal; I try to lead by example. I've learned how to set that example over here by developing practice habits."
Although Pile admits to not being a typical cheerleader for the team, he has become a good communicator on the field, and pumps up his teammates on the sidelines when they need a boost. Yet he is intent on making sure that his words never garner more attention than his performance on the field.
"I've been learning how to get everybody on the same page and inspire everyone, first by my play, and then by the words that back up my play," he stated. "I don't want to be out there talking and not backing it up. That's the best way for somebody in my situation to lead. To go out there and do everything right and make sure the coaches have confidence in me."
Pile has definitely earned the confidence of his coaches in Amsterdam. Repeatedly, the defensive staff has praised the play of the safeties, mentioning their intelligence and ability to help act as an extra coach on the field.
"Our two safeties, Willie Pile and Jason Perry are doing very well," defensive coordinator Darryl Sims said. "Both of those guys have done a very nice job for us. They miss very few. I'll take that one or two misses, when they can get 10 for you. We need to use those guys as examples for the rest of the defense."
Perry and Pile are a compatible duo on the team, and Pile realizes that he is lucky to have the chance to work with someone of Perry's stature in NFL Europe. Having played in the NFL since 1999, Perry has more experience than any other defensive player on the Admirals' roster.
"It's been outstanding," Pile said of working with Perry. "It's a luxury for me to go out there with a guy who has played in the league and can still play in the league. We're out there feeding off each other and communicating. It's nice having an extra set of eyes out there. He has the type of mentality and he's the type of player that, hopefully, I'll be able to play with in the NFL."
Learning from his teammates is nothing new to Pile. During last season in Kansas City, he played close attention to the safeties who were starting above him and vowed to use his time in Europe to try to get to their level of professionalism.
"When I went to Kansas City, I was able to work underneath Jerome Woods and Greg Wesley," Pile explained. "Those are two safeties that not a lot of people know about but those guys can play. Watching them, the way they prepare, that was something I wanted to work on, learning how to practice. Practice develops that confidence and consistency. That's one thing I didn't have. I know that going back, instead of watching how they do it, I'm going to be doing it to."
He feels that having the opportunity to play for an entire season on a professional level will give him the two key traits that will then feed off each other.
"Probably the most important thing is confidence," Pile pointed out. "I'm just learning what it takes to be a safety in the NFL, and also a special teams player. With the help of the coaches here and my teammates here, I feel like I've accomplished the goal tremendously. That's going to turn into consistency. Those are two words to live by, as a safety, and as a professional athlete, confidence and consistency."
As the season is wrapping up, it is becoming evident that Pile's confidence is improving. He is playing aggressively and has racked up 36 total tackles, second highest total on the team. While he is still looking for his first interception of the year, he admits that there is something he enjoys even more than picking the ball off.
"Interceptions are nice, but I'm a hitter," Pile admitted. "I like hitting. Somewhere along the line, someone doubted if I could hit and tackle. That is one thing I want to leave an impression that I can do. I want to show that I can hit, be tough, be violent and knock somebody out."
With the league's least productive offense coming to town on Friday in the Scottish Claymores, Pile is licking his chops to get a few more of those knock out hits.
It's good that he likes to hit and should be okay against the run. But I would really like to have someone going for the ball at FS. I want someone with the attitude that "if the ball is in the air, IT'S MINE".
WOW! Impressive signing... a unknown guy, real hungry looking to make a name in the NFL...
He had 14 ints in college...
I like him simply for the name. If he screws up, I can say "Oh, that Pile..."
Now if the team would just sign Taco Wallace. Best name in the NFL.
If we got "Taco" we would have tacos and fujitas.......