Australia’s Jesse Williams had a premonition his rivals would not trouble the scorers in the American College championship series final.
Plenty of tears were shed in Williams’ home town of Brisbane yesterday as his premonition came true, Alabama University routing Louisiana State University 21-0 on one of the biggest days of the American sporting calendar.
Arthur Williams admitted crying after his son’s victory.
“I’m still trying to absorb it,” he said.
“Next to my sons being born and being married, it’s definitely the best day of my life.”
Williams Sr believed his son played well in his role as a defensive linesman.
“He didn’t stand out but that’s Jesse, he knew what he needed to do to help the team win.”
More than 40 family and friends joined Arthur at his Cannon Hill home as 150kg Jesse ran out before 110,000 fans. With talent scouts glued to yesterday’s game, he could potentially earn millions if he is picked up by an NFL team
And there could be more to come from the Williams clan, with Jesse’s “baby” brother Ethan already weighing in at 107kg at the age of 16.
Ethan starts Year 11 at Cavendish Road State High School in two weeks, but come next year he hopes to be learning “math” in an American high school.
Confident and determined, Ethan wants to be like big brother, “only better”.
“I need to kill it in the gym and kill it on the field this year,” said Ethan, who plays for the same Bayside Ravens that Jesse did.
Ravens coach Steve Box said Ethan had the build to make an impression on American scouts.
“You can’t teach someone to be big,” Box said.