Jesse Williams’ football career has moved him from Australia, to Arizona, to Tuscaloosa, to Seattle. (AP photo)
Just like it was in the Fourth Round, Alabama had its named called early in the 2013 NFL Draft’s 5th Round, as former Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams was taken with the 4th pick (137th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks have one former Alabama player on the roster: offensive lineman James Carpenter, who was the franchise’s first round pick a few years ago.
Make it two former Alabama defensive ends that have been taken in the 5th Round, as Quinton Dial is taken with the 24th pick of the round, pick No. 157 overall.
Four of San Fransisco’s seven picks thus far have come from the SEC: Eric Reid of LSU in the first round, Corey Lemonier of Auburn in the third, Marcus Lattimore of South Carolina in the fourth and now Dial.
Dial is currently the only former member of the Crimson Tide on the 49ers roster, assuming he is able to sign a deal.
Alabama nose tackle Jesse Williams drew national attention by bench pressing 600 pounds this past week. He even posted a picture on Twitter of him lifting that weight, although he later took it down.
Williams (@ThaMonstar) seemed to enjoy retweeting anything anybody posted about him on Twitter, which delighted plenty of Tide fans.
However, all the attention hasn’t been the best. Apparently, he’s drawn the attention of hackers. He made only one brief statement about it on Twitter and did it with his typical understated sense of humor:
“Be Awesome If People Stopped Hacking My Twitter.”
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The day after Alabama senior defensive lineman Jesse Williams created a firestorm on Twitter after bench pressing 600 pounds, the onslaught of discussion has slowed but hasn’t stopped.
Nationally syndicated radio host Jim Rome (@jimrome) of Los Angeles tweeted about Williams today: “Alabama behemoth @ThaMonstar recently benched 600 pounds?! What?! Never heard of that. What’s he squat? A Grrr? Dude benched 6-hundo?!”
Teammate Anthony Steen (@bamasteen61) joked with Williams (@ThaMonstar) about how often the Australian was retweeting the talk of his accomplishment: “Bout to stop following u!! The last 200 tweets have been of u RT u doing 600 …”
Alabama kicker Cade Foster (@cadefoster01) tweeted this: “Maxed out on bench at 455 Lbs! Stoked! .. Until @ThaMonstar put up 600! Dude is a beast!” (Side note: It’s amazing to think of a kicker who bench presses 455 pounds. How many lineman do some schools have who can do that?”)
Williams, who is from Australia, is listed at 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds and should start at nose tackle for the Crimson Tide.
Remember the 1980s hit “Land Down Under” from Men at Work, the band from Australia? Google helps with locating the lyric of that song that comes to mind: “Buying bread from a man in Brussels; he was 6-foot-4 and full of muscle.”
That’s what Tide defensive lineman Jesse Williams (@ThaMonstar) says he did Thursday.
One Alabama fan joked that news of Williams’ feat is what caused Twitter to break down earlier today.
In the week leading up to January’s BCS National Championship Game, Williams said that if he wasn’t in the United States playing football, he would be back home in Australia working as a personal trainer. He probably would be a very demanding one.
UPDATE: Williams retweeted just about every tweet that mentioned him Thursday. He was polite, however, about all the retweets and everyone who posted on Twitter about him: “Sorry For Blowing Up Twitter Today Mates! #GotOutOfhand.”