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December 21, 2010

The Splendid Sprinter gets his chance

Teddy Williams had not played football since high school when the Cowboys signed him in late July. Williams spent four years as a member of the UT-San Antonio track team and he made the All-America team four times.

His fastest time was a wind-aided 100 meters, which he ran in 9.9 seconds. His best 40-yard-dash time was reported at 4.31 seconds.

“He’s got three things,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “Speed and I forgot the other two.”

Because he shares a name with the Hall of Fame baseball star, Williams was treated to his own nickname. Baseball's Ted Williams was "The Splendid Splinter." The Cowboys Teddy Williams is "The Splendid Sprinter."

Williams did not make the 53-man roster out of training camp but was signed to the practice squad. Today, his football dream finally came true Tuesday when the Cowboys put Tony Romo on injured reserve and signed Williams to the active roster.

"It’s a blessing,” Williams said. “It’s always a blessing to able to produce and to be able to be wanted. It’s a great feeling to know the coaches see something great in me and I’m going to continue to work hard.”

Williams has had many difficult adjustments. He started in training camp as a defensive back and then when there were several injuries at wide receiver, Williams was moved to offense.

“One of the craziest things was how long the offensive plays are,” Williams said. “I was used to stuff like, ‘will wink four.’ When I got to offense, it was like a sentence.”

Williams said one example was: “Slot right java left 429 H cross F go.

“I was like, ‘Whoa!.’" he said. "And that was one of the short plays . . . But it’s cool, though. I’m moving forward.”

Although he has worked as a kick returner and receiver, if Williams gets to play on Saturday, it likely will be on special teams.

-- Jan Hubbard 

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