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The heart of a Cadillac



If Carnell "Cadillac" Williams was truly a vehicle he would be 1 that has had some serious damage, but through hard work and reconstruction your Cadillac is as good as new. I mean I am talking serious damage to the engine, alternator, carburetor, tires, rims, pistons, battery, serious damage. This is the case with Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams, he has been getting injured, rehabbing, and bouncing back for a long time. 

As a highly requited running back out of Alabama Williams chose to play football at  Auburn University. In week 9 of the 2001 season Williams had a breakout game against Arkansas and he was then promoted to the starting position. Two weeks when Auburn played their in state rivals Alabama, Williams broke his collar bone. He left that game early and sat out the rest of the 2001 season. In 2002 Williams bounced back, and early in the season he showed why he was had the nickname Cadillac. In week 7, Williams had broke his left fibula and had to sit out the rest of the 2002 season. 2003 was good times for Williams and Auburn football. At the beginning he shared the same backfield with Ronnie Brown of the Miami Dolphins. But when Ronnie got hurt early Williams became the feature back and had his best season and did not get hurt, and he set a Auburn record with 17 touchdowns. 2004 Williams continued with his recent success all while staying injured free and helping lead Auburn to a 13-0 record. 

In 2005 Williams was drafted by the Bucs, and well we all know what happened after that. His shows and gloves from week 3 was retired in the football hall of fame. Week 4 Williams had injuries in his ankle and foot that he battle with throughout the 2005 season. Still he was named rookie of the year and helped the Bucs to a 11-5 record. 2006 Cadillac struggled while battling  an injury, and the 2006 Bucs weak o-line made it no better. 2007 Williams caught the injury bug early in week 1 he left the game but still was able to play up until week 4. 

In week 4 of the 2007 season Williams right leg buckled on an 18 yard run, he had torn his patellar tendon. William's needed surgery and that ended his season, Williams was also told that he would not be able to return to full strength. 2008 Williams of curse had to rehab in order to play, and was not ready until week 12.He came back against Detroit,  but was being used sparingly he still showed that he still had it though. The last game of the season Williams tore his left patellar tendon, many questioned rather he would ever play again. 2009 Williams looked like a brand new Cadillac, playing in every game and while he did not put up top numbers, it was miraculous to see Cadillac run again, I think Ken Hamlin knows what I am talking about. 

The injuries Cadillac went through are career ending injuries. And as a matter of fact some players could never recover from the injuries physically, and some players are not able to handle the situation mentally. Not Cadillac who has had so much work done to his body getting hurt and rehabbing over and over again. He always bounced back though and as long as he stays healthy he will show the world once more why he is nicknamed Cadillac. 

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