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Panthers’ DeAngelo Williams Motivated By Redskins’ Homecoming Celebration

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

LANDOVER, Md. – DeAngelo Williams, who ran for 37 yards and a touchdown for the Carolina Panthers and was the subject of trade rumors all week, said he was motivated for the 21-13 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday by the idea that they scheduled their “Homecoming” celebration around the game.

“I have to say this because it’s been bothering me all day and it’s probably going to bother me for some time,” Williams said, unprompted, after the game. “But I got up this morning and I got my breakfast, got me something to drink, got on the bus – business as usual. I got over and I pick up the Gameday [program] and I’m looking at the Gameday – it’s customary – and I look on there and it says ‘Homecoming.’

“And I’m thinking to myself like, ‘This is the National Football League, are you serious? Homecoming?’ Homecoming. It’s not like you tried to hide it. You blatantly put it on the front of the Gameday. You’re talking about somebody fired up today? I was [peeved].”

Williams ran 30 yards for a touchdown with 24 seconds remaining in the first quarter but only gained three yards on four carries in the second half.

Most college teams schedule their “Homecoming” celebration, designed to bring alumni back to campus, around a game they believe they can win.

Williams later furthered his disgust about the celebration on Twitter, responding to a fan’s question about the inadvertent whistle blown during his touchdown run with an additional jab.

“Who blew that whistle?” the fan asked.

“The homecoming king and queen,” Williams replied.