NEW ORLEANS — It should have been another great performance in his stellar rookie season.
21 year old Saints safety Marcus Williams snagged a huge interception to get New Orleans back in their NFC divisional playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
Of course, that’s not what anyone remembers.
— NFL (@NFL) January 15, 2018
Instead, what’s ingrained in the memory of everyone watching that nailbiter, is the whiffed tackle that cost New Orleans a chance at the Super Bowl.
With seconds left on the clock, Vikings quarterback Case Keenum threw a 61 yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs, in what’s being called the “Minneapolis Miracle.”
A radio call to remember!
"It's a #MinneapolisMiracle!"
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 15, 2018
Diggs went high. Williams went low. As the Saints lost the game, leaving fans in disbelief, the cruel wrath of the internet was unleashed.
The Saints nation, however, has been surprisingly kind.
Instead of placing blame, many fans are voicing their support for the young player.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 15, 2018
When the team arrived back in New Orleans early Monday morning, fans held up signs at the airport, welcoming Williams home.
Someone even took out a billboard along I-10 that reads, “Dat’s OK Marcus We <3 Our Saints.”
This billboard just popped up on Interstate-10. This is what being a TRUE Saints fan is all about! We show love for Marcus Williams! @Babymagik32 @drewbrees @Saints #saints #whodat4life #WhoDatNation #whodat #westillbelieve #saintsbillboard @wgnotv #datsok pic.twitter.com/2kKHs5E3CQ
— Kenny Lopez (@KennyLopez_TV) January 16, 2018
After an emotional interview Sunday night in the locker room, on Monday, Williams finally responded online.
He tweeted, “I appreciate my friends, real fans, family, and team for everything they have done for me this season all of the support is highly appreciated! No the season didn’t end as planned but one thing for sure I won’t let one play define the type of MAN or PLAYER that I am or will be!”
I appreciate my friends, real fans, family, and team for everything they have done for me this season all of the support is highly appreciated!No the season didn’t end as planned but one thing for sure I won’t let one play define the type of MAN or PLAYER that I am or will be!💯
— Marcus Williams (@MarcusWilliams) January 15, 2018
We here at WGNO certainly look forward to see what next season will hold!