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More than 100 players attend Trent Williams football camp

By Hayden Henry
June 13, 2016 at 12:16 a.m.

Longview native and Washington Redskin Trent Williams wraps up his annual youth football camp Sunday at Lobo Stadium.

Stepping back onto the home turf, it's no secret that Trent Williams knows what it takes to succeed on the gridiron.

For the the third-straight year, the former Longview Lobo and Washington Redskins offensive lineman returned to Lobo Stadium for the annual Trent Williams Football Camp with a message for area athletes.

"There's nothing I'd rather be doing in the world than this right here," Williams said Sunday. "I love playing football and I love coaching and developing young players.

"I just want them to learn how to compete. Learning the fundamentals and nuances of the game comes as you grow but competition breeds growth. Iron sharpens iron."

More than 100 players attended the camp on Sunday, which featured position group drills, one-on-one drills and was capped with a friendly — and, of course — a competitive tug-of-war.

Williams, entering the offseason off of his fourth-straight selection to the NFL's Pro Bowl and an NFC East title for the Redskins, practices what he preaches.

"My goal is to get better every year," Williams said. "If my efforts were good enough to make the Pro Bowl this year and a goal of coming back even better this season, things like that come with it.

"I work my butt off in the offseason and continue to try and grow as a player."

After becoming the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL with a five-year, $66 million contract extension with the Redskins prior to the 2015 season, Williams has shed weight as the 2016 season approaches. A video posted to his Instagram account showed one offseason workout where the 320-pounder strapped extra weight around his waist doing pullups went viral.

"Grinding — I'm trying to find new ways to mold myself into being a better athlete and overall player," Williams said. "Every year, I try to find different ways to do that."

Washington kicks off the 2016 regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Sept. 12. Williams will return to Texas when the Redskins visit Dallas on Nov. 24.

"We definitely want to build off of last season," Williams said. "We had a good run but we know there's more for us.

"We've added some new people in the offseason and hopefully we'll come back as a better team and accomplish even more."

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