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Roy Williams is a constant on the NFC Pro Bowl team. He's recognized as one of the biggest hitters in the NFL and the Cowboys just signed him to a 5 year contract extension. Yet, for all his accomplishments, he sure does generate a lot of varied opinions about his worth as a player. More than once, he's been listed as one of the most overrated players in the league. The knocks on Roy usually come in the form of: He can't cover and he doesn't wrap up on tackles and always goes for the big hit instead of the sure tackle.

But don't try to tell his teammates about Roy being overrated; they don't want to hear it.

Linebacker Bradie James said the defense feeds off Williams' intensity. [Anthony] Henry said it's the ferocity of Williams' hits that inspire a defensive unit expected to rank among the league's elite.


"He's a guy you want to play with," James said. "You feel better knowing he's on your team because he brings a physical, dominating presence to the defense. We see it every game, and we feed off it. He can definitely spark a team."


"He makes big hits, he gets sacks, he makes big plays and everyone knows No. 31 will knock your block off," cornerback Anthony Henry said. "He made a lot of big plays for us last year that won games."

It's easy to evaluate a player on technical and statistical grounds. But it's much harder to measure his worth in terms of inspiring his team. On defense, one big hit can turn around the momentum of a game; it can change the whole tenor of how a team is playing. Williams is that kind of player for the Dallas Cowboys. But he also can put some stats on the board.

Still, Williams was the only safety in the league to record a sack, a tackle for loss, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a touchdown. And that's without the Cowboys blitzing him often.

The DFW S-T has an article on Drew Bledsoe that gets kind of personal. For instance, did you know that Drew cried while watching the movie Dances with Wolves?  OK, maybe that's too much information. Here are some other tidbits on Drew, in his own words.

The only commitment I've made is that this is my last stop. I'm not playing for another team after the Cowboys. I hope my time here still has some years on it, but I'm not moving on from here.

So this is it for Drew, Dallas is the last stop. The Bledsoe vs. Romo collision is not that far in the future, and if this is Bledsoe's last stop, he won't be giving up the QB spot without a fierce fight.

My kids play [the NFL video game] Madden, and they wear me out with it. They are the Cowboys, and I throw an interception on the game and it's my fault.

Just like in life Drew, just like in life.

The hold-onto-the-ball-too-long thing is a ridiculous statement. I'd like someone to go back three, four or five years and find a time when someone is open and I don't throw it. I'm not waiting to get hit. If someone has even a little separation, the ball is out of my hands.