Newly crowned Super Bowl champion Cary Williams didn’t sleep the night his Baltimore Ravens uprooted the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to claim the Lombardi Trophy.
Williams drew the ire of San Fran fans in the second quarter following an Ed Reed interception. The pivotal play sparked a tussle involving the Baltimore cornerback, teammate Corey Graham, and 49ers lineman Joe Staley.
Graham and Staley received offsetting unnecessary roughness penalties, while Williams, who shoved a referee in the heat of the fracas, received neither a penalty nor an ejection — either of which would have been warranted.
Williams told the Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan Tuesday in the heat of the moment he let his emotions get the best of him, but the referee he pushed recognized it wasn’t intentional.
“As far as I’m concerned, I remember my helmet getting ripped off by No. 49, and I just reacted,” Williams said. “I didn’t see the ref. I didn’t realize he was there. I just pushed whoever to get to him. I just feel like the Baltimore Ravens, we play aggressively, but we play between the whistles, and there were a lot of things going on outside of the whistles.”
Williams, who was a seventh-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2008, hasn’t had an easy time climbing to the top of the depth chart.
“I went from practice squad to active, got cut by the Tennessee Titans four times,” Williams said. “It’s been an incredible ride and God has truly blessed me and it just shows that I’ve been hungry. I’m still hungry and that fire is still lit up under me.”
And a message in dedication to all the children out there: “Regardless of whatever I won a Super Bowl or not, I still aspire to do greater things. That’s what it’s been about my whole career is working hard and hard work will pay off.”
He said it was a dream come true to win the Super Bowl. Doing so alongside Ray Lewis made it extra special, considering he used to imitate the 17-year veteran as a kid.
“I could always tell my grand kids and their grand kids, if I happen to live that long, ‘Hey, I happened to win a Super Bowl with Ray Lewis.’” Williams said. “He’s one of the greatest players of all time to ever lace up the cleats, and to strap on the shoulder pads and a helmet. It’s a humbling feeling. I just feel so blessed to even be in this position, just to call myself a teammate of his.”