Childress vs. Williamson: This Time It’s Personal

For the last three years, Troy Williamson was a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, but his time in purple and gold wasn’t anything memorable. In his three seasons, Williamson only managed to make 79 receptions for 1,067 yards. When you consider the Vikings used the 7th pick in the 2005 draft to take Troy out of South Carolina, they were probably hoping those would be his numbers each season. Instead, Vikings fans were forced to watch Troy drop pass after pass before he left and joined the Jacksonville Jaguars this year.

During his final year in Minnesota, though, Williamson had some trouble with head coach Brad Childress. You see, last November Troy’s grandmother passed away and Williamson didn’t show up for the team’s game on November 4th against the Chargers — the game Adrian Peterson set the single game rushing mark — and Childress hit him with a $25,000 fine for it. Now, after pressure from the media and other players, Childress dropped the fine. Still, it’s the principle of the thing that’s bothered Troy ever since and he’d like to dole out some justice this Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!


Speaking to reporters in Jacksonville about the significance of playing the Vikings this week, Williamson mentioned three times how he and Childress should meet at midfield and go at it. He also asked reporters to mention that to Childress during their conference call later in the day.

Childress played along when a reporter said, “Humor me for a minute, coach,” and proceeded to ask about a potential bout at the 50-yard line. Childress said there couldn’t be a fight at midfield because league rules mandate a “buffer zone” between teams, “and I don’t need any fines.”

The problem for Troy is that, if I’m to believe what I hear from Vikings fans I know, he’s going to have to get in line to punch Childress. It seems to be the number one thing the people in Minnesota are asking Santa Claus for this Christmas. Now if the fight somehow does manage to happen, I have to give the edge to Williamson for a couple of reasons.

First of all, he’s only 25 years old while Childress is 52, so Troy’s in a lot better shape than his former coach.  More importantly, Williamson’s nickname — whether he enjoys it or not — is “Hands of Stone” and though they don’t come in very handy for wide receivers, they’re a definite bonus as a boxer.