Ravens defensive tackle recalls his portable restroom delivery job, saying it taught him about life


Brandon Williams went from serving customers in the portable restroom industry to serving up sacks in the National Football League.

Williams has been a defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens the last three years and has become one of the best run-stuffers in the league. The 2013 third-round draft pick appeared in only seven games as a rookie, but became the Ravens’ starting nose tackle his second season.

Last season he finished with 53 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble.

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Before reaching the NFL ranks, Williams was hauling and cleaning portable restrooms while a college student at Missouri Southern.

“I’ve come from portable toilets to coming to the highest of highs, and it’s like I still remember the portable toilets,” says Williams in an ESPN.com interview. “Even though it was a fun job and I liked it, I don’t want to go back there. In order to do whatever I got to do here to keep from going back there, I obviously have to keep on it.”

The defensive tackle says it wasn’t unusual for him to work 12 to 15 hours a day when he was delivering portable restrooms. He says it helped him prepare for life in the NFL and afterward.

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“Sometimes you got to get a little poop on you,” he says. “That’s in that job and in life. Sometimes you’re going to get crapped on in life and you have to dust it off and keep going.”

The Ravens are expecting another strong season from Williams, and thanks to his portable restroom experience, he knows how to deliver.


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