After twice calling the New England Patriots “cheaters” leading up to the Eagles and Pats joint practices and preseason matchup, cornerback Cary Williams seems to now have a change of heart.
After the game Friday night, which was won by New England 42-35, several Eagles players shook hands with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the field, then Bill ended up face-to-face with his name-caller. They spoke briefly… then hugged it out.
“I told him I was sorry for the words that I said. That was just out of pure emotion, sometimes you say things without really thinking about them,” Williams, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, said, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “That was a situation where playing these guys in the playoffs, you develop a hate for them and you try to use any type of anything to get your mind on, or get going. In that situation, I could have chosen my words a little bit wiser… But it’s mutual respect between two men. We were able to come together. I told him that I was sorry and I have nothing but the utmost respect for the organization and him as a GM and a coach.”
“He said there were no hard feelings and he said he appreciated the comments I made this week, and things like that,” Williams said. “It was just two guys respecting each other, understanding that there is some history there. It’s not necessarily bad blood but it’s the spirit of competition. I said some things I wish I could take back.”
Williams’ night was bittersweet. In the first quarter, he picked off Tom Brady for a 77-yard TD, but left soon after with a hamstring injury.