Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a Sad Farewell to Cadillac Williams

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IAugust 3, 2011

Cadillac Williams was the consummate professional.
Cadillac Williams was the consummate professional.Chris Graythen/Getty Images

So long Caddy, we're gonna miss you.

We will miss your heart, your spirit and your enthusiasm. You were a great team player for these Bucs. You helped make that fine season last year. You went above and beyond the call. You were the consummate professional.

Sure, we all had such high expectations from you when the old Allen-Gruden regime picked you fifth overall in the first round six years ago.

We expected a lot. We expected long runs, 1,200 yard seasons, a lot of them. We did.

We expected an All-Pro running back.

Yes, those were the expectations.

By now you may be on your way to St. Louis. Sounds like the Rams need a good man and they'll be getting one, that's for sure.

Caddy, you went through a lot, overcame a lot, more than a player could be expected to.

But you did and you kept pushing, never quit, always motivated.

Caddy, you always gave a professional effort, you gave beyond 100 percent. You gave us your heart and soul.

Someone will play in your spot this season, but you cannot be replaced, not really.

Your heart, courage and perseverance are hard to duplicate these days.

Caddy, you weren't a great player, you were a good player.

But most of all, you weren't a good man, you're a great man.

And we will miss you.

Godspeed, Carnell Williams.