USC Trojans Heisman Trophy Quarterback Caleb Williams has always been confident in himself, and why wouldn’t you be after accomplishing what he has thus far in his football career?
Williams won Gatorade Player of the Year in High School after passing for 2,624 yards and 26 touchdowns. He was the highest-rated quarterback in the class of 2020 and committed to play at Oklahoma to play for then-head coach Lincoln Riley. Known as an offensive genius, Riley coached two Heisman Trophy quarterbacks, Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, and resurrected the career of Jalen Hurts.
Lincoln Riley knew how to coach and get the best out of his quarterbacks. There was every reason to believe that Williams would become the fifth Heisman Trophy quarterback at Oklahoma.
It didn’t happen that way, as Williams started his career as a backup to then-quarterback Spencer Rattler. Williams eventually took over the starting spot after Rattler struggled in a game against rival and future conference foe the Texas Longhorns.
That’s where the legend of Caleb Williams began as helped the Sooners come back from a 35-17 deficit to knock off Texas 55-48. He finished with 212 passing yards, two touchdowns, 88 yards rushing, and a rushing touchdown.
For the rest of the year, Williams led the Sooners to wins in five out of the seven games, including a dismantling of the Oregon Ducks 47-32 in which Williams went 21 of 27 for 242 yards and three touchdowns.
That would be the last time Williams suited up in a Sooner uniform as coach Lincoln Riley bolted for USC, and Williams entered the transfer portal soon after. Williams chose USC to reunite with Riley, and suffice it to say he made the right decision.
Williams not only won the Heisman Trophy last year, but he and Riley put USC back on the map. In 2023, Williams is picking up right where he left off by throwing for nine touchdowns to zero interceptions.
Caleb Williams has always been a special player, but in a recent interview with GQ, he wants to take his game to another level.
Caleb Williams wants to be in the same class as Tom Brady
Caleb Williams has it all swag, and charisma, and he’s the face of College Football but he has bigger goals that go beyond the scope of College Football.
On his iPhone, Williams has a list of motivational quotes, inspirational phrases, and personal goals. There is one goal in mind that stands above the rest: win eight Super Bowls.
“Tom Brady has seven,” he says. “So you got to set the bar high.”
Well, there’s confidence, and then there’s JR Smith pulling up from 35-feet confidence. Tom Brady’s Super Bowl record will never be replicated, touched, or sniffed. What made Brady so great is that he had the greatest coach of all time, Bill Belichick. He was also famously drafted in the sixth round (199th overall.) Caleb Williams is going to be the number-one overall pick and might stay if he doesn’t feel the team will help him accomplish his goal of winning, but if a team is drafting number one, isn’t it because they don’t have a lot of talent on the roster, and they need a player like Caleb Williams to bring them back to relevancy?
The Arizona Cardinals will be the presumptive top-overall pick this year, and the team still has Kyler Murray, so what would be the reasoning for drafting Caleb Williams? Hypothetically, if Williams is the top-overall pick, and the Arizona Cardinals are on the clock. I would stay because he knows he’s going to a bad organization in Arizona that hasn’t had a track record of winning.
The risk for Williams staying is that he could torpedo his draft value if he has a sub-par season where he might regret not declaring while his draft value was the highest.