Williams, distraught, plopped himself down on the Cowboys bench. Alone, he took a towel and wiped the sweat off his face. Then, the tears began to flow. Williams told ESPNDallas.com what he was feeling while on the bench:
“Just feel like I was trying to make a play and it didn’t turn out that way. I wanted [to score]. I just feel like I let a whole bunch of people down.”
Everyone from owner and general manager Jerry Jones to running back DeMarco Murray to the Cowboys director of player development, Bryan Wansley, were in Williams’ ear after the game encouraging the somber young man. Wideout Dez Bryant, who finished the day with two touchdowns and six receptions for 81 yards, gave Williams a pep talk as well:
“(I told him) Keep your head up. Everybody has bad plays and they don’t determine who you are. And don’t let a bad play dictate what you can do. I know he’s a great player, that’s something you got to let go and move on to the next.”
Bottom line: The Cowboys put too much trust in Williams too soon. He’s not the player they’d hoped he would be at this point, but his potential is undeniable. Hopefully, Austin can return next week against the Denver Broncos and Williams can go back to learning lessons more from the sidelines instead of on the field.