Sam Williams was looking forward to showing off his ride for the first time on Christmas Eve as he pulled his new car into the players’ parking lot at AT&T Stadium.
Instead, he watched the game at home and suffered minor injuries when the two vehicles collided in Plano about 18 hours after driving.
The rookie’s defensive end told reporters Monday about the accident, his injuries and his condition for Thursday night’s game in Nashville.
The accident occurred Thursday afternoon when the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that Williams was driving was hit on the driver’s side by another car that tried to turn in front of him.
“I was running straight,” recalled the second-round draft pick. “All I remember is that the car in front of me didn’t give up and ran really fast. Then I was going straight and another car came running, so I looked around and it was hit from the side, the driver’s side. ‘ said Williams. “And then I held the steering wheel tighter and tried to prop myself up. …I walked out and everyone took out their phones and was like, ‘There’s no way you’re living’ [through] That.no way you lived [through] That. ‘”
Images of the crash involving Cowboys’ Sam Williams.
From Plano PD: “The Corvette driver is Dallas Cowboys football player Samuel Williams. For precautionary reasons, both parties were taken to local hospitals, but no serious injuries were reported.” pic.twitter.com/81CBkIUnqA
— Jeff Kolb (@JeffKolbFOX4) December 23, 2022
The Corvette’s front wheel was jettisoned in the crash. Debris from the car littered the four lanes. Williams was wearing his seatbelt but was left with bruises on his face after an airbag deployed on Monday.
According to an Ole Miss article, he and another bystander tried to help another driver get out of the car, but her door was jammed. Both drivers were taken to hospital as a precaution. Neither suffered serious injuries, but Williams was ruled out of Saturday’s game against Philadelphia due to his sprained neck and possible concussion.
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy told media on Monday: “I’m just grateful that Sam and the other people in the car were okay.”
Williams is allowed back into practice and tends to play on Thursdays when the Cowboys travel to face the Titans.
The Alabama native has 20 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 7 quarterback hits, 3 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a defensive pass in 2022. Over half of the seasons and special teams unit plays.
The 23-year-old has only played in 13 NFL games, but he may have already gained a new perspective on things after his scares on the road.
“Looking back on the accident, I am grateful for life,” Williams said. “Christmas is approaching and the greatest gift we have is everyday life.I encourage everyone to hug their loved ones.Do you have family conflicts? I’ve been through it and like I said, you never know, so I called my family and everyone to check on them.
Williams has priority and police have already determined that neither alcohol nor drugs contributed to the accident. However, the speed of either car has yet to be determined.
“I can’t talk enough about it,” McCarthy said of one of his ongoing messages to players. I don’t know how many times we’ve talked about when.Be careful.It’s definitely recognition that we talk a lot.”
Williams was saddened by the loss of his car. “That’s what I wanted,” he admitted.
It was difficult to walk away from the wreckage of his dream car.
But at least he was able to walk away.
Williams knows he’s gone When He assured reporters that he deserved so much more and that being able to spend this Christmas with his family was “just a blessing.”
“God works in mysterious ways. I know he has something in store for me.”