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August 25, 2009

Roy Williams holds court

Receiver Roy Williams has quickly become a media favorite to talk to -- or really just listen to -- whenever he decides to stop and chat.

He did that Tuesday in the locker room before practice and, as always, he was animated, cheerful and funny.

He was asked (once again) how he deals with so much criticism coming his way after last season's disappointment. Roy did not disappoint (again) with his answer.

"It's funny to me. I mean, it really is funny to me. I love it and everything, but it's funny," Roy said.

So by funny do you mean it fuels you or provides motivation?

"No, not at all. It doesn't fuel me. Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Darren Woodson - I love it, I appreciate it," Roy said, rattling off all those names that he clearly remembers having something negative to say about his game. Is there a pattern here (think ex-Cowboys all on the media side now)?

You appreciate it? Why do you appreciate their negativity?

"I appreciate it because if you sit around and have to hear how good you are all the dang time, you have to have that Jerry Rice mindset of, 'I'm not good enough,' all that stuff. When I have guys, especially NFL greats and the greatest that played here in Dallas, saying that I can't get the job done and I'm not a No. 1, it makes me feel good. It makes me want to go out there and prove to them and everybody else across the world who listens to those guys - because obviously everybody thinks they know it all - that I can do my job."

So, maybe Roy does use the negativity to fuel his fire after all.

Jeff Caplan

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