DeAngelo Williams attributes his success this season to Vinny Testaverde, the veteran quarterback who played seven games for the Panthers last season. Williams won’t divulge what Testaverde said to him, but says he will pass the inspiration to rookie teammate Jonathan Stewart when he retires.
It's an interesting combination, Testaverde, the staid veteran, and Williams, the outgoing now 25-year-old. But it worked. Testaverde was famous for his conditioning and work ethic, and Williams worked harder this off-season than he ever has.
That was evident at camp. He was lean and strong and, although the whistle might blow, Williams kept running.
Asked what he thinks Vinny is doing now, Williams laughs.
Vinny is on the sofa, Williams says, like Al Bundy in “Married with Children,” with a root beer in his hand.
You know about Married with Children, which went off the air in 1997 (when Williams was 14)?
"That was my show, man," he says.