Defensive tackle Brandon Williams was selected in the third round of this year's NFL draft by the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Williams was the third player ever to become a three-time All-American out of a Division II school. But, Williams had tougher obstacles than the size of his school.
Before emerging as a draft sleeper from Division II Missouri Southern, Williams spent last summer hauling and cleaning portable toilets.
"Sometimes, you got a little poop on you," said Williams, the Ravens' third-round pick (94th overall). "Every time I was doing that, I said to myself, 'I gotta work harder, I'm not doing this the rest of my life.' It motivated me to get better."
Rather than complain about the task, Williams transformed the humble job into part of his exercise regimen. He would pretend he was lifting an offensive lineman while hoisting the bulky toilets onto the flatbed of his pickup truck.
"I acted like I was playing football," Williams said. "I just made it fun."
Williams was raised by a single mother and spent half of his freshman year of high school homeless.
Under the NFL rookie slotting system, Williams will sign a four-year contract worth roughly $2.698 million that includes a $515,000 signing bonus.