TSB in Tampa: DeAngelo Williams Plays it Safe

Chris Mottram is on the loose in ↵Tampa this week. He'll be posting about various goodness and ↵misadventures here on no particular schedule.
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At last year’s Super Bowl, I spent the majority of my time stalking -- literally -- Radio Row. This year, with my inability to do the stalker thing, I’ve spent a total of maybe five minutes on the Row. With no other plans for today, I decided to check it out and see what’s happening. And that’s when I stumbled upon Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, who stuck out in an otherwise dead room for an obvious reason:
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↵I assumed the helmet was part of a promotional shtick -- maybe he was doing something with, I don’t know, Huffy bicycles or something. But no, DeAngelo was wearing it on his own accord with a far greater motive behind it. As he sat down to do a television interview with FOX Sports, I overheard this conversation: ↵

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↵Reporter: Do you wanna put the helmet back on for the interview? ↵

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↵DeAngelo: [PR Rep] won’t let me. He says it “sends the wrong message.” ↵

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↵Reporter: What is the message? ↵

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↵DeAngelo: Bicycle safety. ↵

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↵There you have it: DeAngelo Williams knows the importance of saving on gas money in this economy, and doing so safely. Although I highly doubt he pedaled his way from the hotel to Radio Row. ↵

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↵Couple other morning Radio Row notes: ↵

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↵-- As previously mentioned, it is dead in here. Others have noted the continual shrinkage of Radio Row over the years, so I’m assuming this lack of buzz is a combination of trend and cutbacks. It costs a lot of loot to send an entire radio crew to Tampa for a week. ↵

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↵-- The Barber bros are the only athletes I spotted, aside from DeAngelo and ex-players hosting their own shows, such as Michael Irvin and John Riggins. They’re so hard to tell apart when Tiki isn’t covered in paint: ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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