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Strahan calls Erik Williams the meanest player

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Silver Surfer, Sep 20, 2022.

  1. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    This is period after Erik was but a shadow of his former self but he still made life a living hell for any defender going up against him.

    Strahan in his PRIME was still getting his butt whupped by a disabled Erik Williams.

    But it is so painful watching the interior OL of this era what was just a few seasons prior once known as the Great Wall. LG-C-RG were soft as wet tissue paper. And with Redrock at FB instead of Moose.
     
  2. Plankton

    Plankton Well-Known Member

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    He didn't line up against Bruce Smith - Smith was a RDE in the Bills' 3-4 defense.
     
  3. NickZepp

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    Erik Williams should probably still be in the PFHOF even with the injury. Another factor in his later career is that they basically made a rule(hands to the face) against his blocking because it was so damned effective.
     
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  4. Chuck 54

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    I loved Big E’s nasty style of play. However, in addition to the accident, he lost a little something when the NFL put an emphasis on his head slap as a penalty. As OTs go, I don’t think he was ever in Larry Allen’s class.
     
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  5. atlantacowboy

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    Erik Williams was looking at a HOF career before that car accident.
     
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  6. RS12

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    He did put up a better fight against Ali than I thought he would.
     
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  7. atlantacowboy

    atlantacowboy Well-Known Member

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    From 1992-1994 Erik Williams was the best OT in the NFL. Then he had a horrific car accident that cost us another super bowl and his HOF talent. He was still good but never to the level he was ......... its like he went from all-pro level to pro bowl alternate level.
     
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  8. FVSTONE

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    The MAN was a beast in the EAST! Game film of William's play should be mandatory for all Cowboy O-Linemen to watch and learn from!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hell, he should be brought in to coach the O-Line
     
  9. Floatyworm

    Floatyworm The Labeled One

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    He is the gold standard for right tackle....
     
  10. Bullflop

    Bullflop Cowboys Diehard

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    I recall Eric Williams well enough to make me grin from ear to ear!
    He was a big intimidator! DEs dreaded opposing him!! :D:thumbup:

    Michael Strahan was right -- he was meaner than a junkyard dog!
     
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  11. khiladi

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    Reggie White used to complain about Erik Williams as Jerry Rice did when a healthy Kevin Smith was guarding him...
     
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  12. Cowboysheelsreds053

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    Agree, the guy had the IT factor and why John Madden loved him some BigE.
     
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  13. khiladi

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  14. Cowboysheelsreds053

    Cowboysheelsreds053 Well-Known Member

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  15. Hennessy_King

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    You are 100% right
     
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  16. NumOneQB

    NumOneQB Well-Known Member

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    Newton is right. You have to remove an entire section of an offensive playbook if you want to remove the cutoff block. It’s part of the game on the backside of an OL. As for hands to the face, I remember BigE being the poster child for why the rule was applied. The violent headbutt with the head slap was his staple at the point of attack.
     
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  17. Captain Late

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    Erik Williams was by far the "baddest cat" and most intimidating OT to ever play in this league.His athletic ability and approach set the identity for that Great Offensive Line.He idolized Reggie White and decided the best course of action was to make every time they played a knock down drag 'em out street fight which he won nearly every single time and actually won the player of the week for shutting Reggie down in the 1992 Home game vs Philly.He set the tone for that 1995 Playoff Run and took his game to another level with his sheer intensity against Philly,Green Bay and Piittsburgh.A couple of memorable quotes during that run:

    on William Fuller-"he couldn't handle what I was giving him from whistle to whistle and made the mistake of trying to fight me when it was done"

    on the John Jurkovic Injury-"he took a rest play and paid for it"

    on Gregg Lloyd and Kevin Greene talking trash about him before SB 30-"the reason they are talking is because aren't going to be lining up against me"

    Nate Newton use to say that Defensive Players would be all jacked up early in games and talk a lot to big E but by the 4th Quarter while he would be still beating on them he would say "are you still a tough guy and gonna get me and take me out?"

    That terrible car accident cost him a walk in Hall Of Fame vote and likely a 3-Peat in 1994,he handled the 49ers Defensive Ends with relative ease.The impact he had on his teams and opponents was something we will never see again.
     
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  18. Cowboysheelsreds053

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    LOL, love this, that William Fuller situation is too funny.
     
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  19. Red Dragon

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    Headbutting?.....the dude must have CTE.
     
  20. NumOneQB

    NumOneQB Well-Known Member

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    He usually lead with his helmet when attacking the defender.
     
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