Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams no longer plays for the Carolina Panthers. However, he is still driven by the team’s decision to cut him loose in 2015.
On Monday, Williams tweeted a photo of his termination letter issued to him by Carolina, which motivates him still today.
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) February 15, 2016
In 2014, DeAngelo Williams missed most of the season for Panthers owing to an ankle injury. He was just able to play in four games that season. His year finished with 219 rushing yards with an average of 3.5 yards per carry. He also scored zero touchdowns that year.
DeAngelo’s career seemed near to an end after his release by the Panthers. However, it was not to be as the 32-year-old was given a lifeline by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Williams made the maximum use of it.
The man from Little Rock, Arkansas made 10 starts this season but became 10th in the league in rushing with 907 yards including 11 rushing touchdowns. Considering his age, Williams proved to be one of the best signings of 2015.
According to DeAngelo, it’s the “Notice of Termination” by the Panthers which motivated him to perform exceptionally well this season. The reason for the termination as quoted in the document was that his “skill or performance” had been “unsatisfactory” compared to other players in his position.
Despite the lack of trust in his abilities, Williams have proved that his 32-year-old body had plenty of gas left in it. However, it has to be noted that the Carolina Panthers made it to the Super Bowl this season, which is a fantastic achievement in itself.
DeAngelo Williams’ personal achievement this season will be remembered as one of the best stories in the history of NFL. It will be of a little surprise if Pittsburgh decides to keep him in their roster for the next NFL season.
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