Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs will forever be remembered as the hero of his team’s playoff victory over the New Orleans Saints, scoring the game-winning 61-yard touchdown as time expired. And thanks to replays and social media, many will also never forget the player who missed a tackle that could have prevented that TD.
Saints rookie safety Marcus Williams, who had five tackles and two passes defended in the 29-24 loss, whiffed on Diggs by trying to go low as the receiver went up for the pass, allowing Diggs to score uncontested.
Marcus Williams lost the game and almost took out his teammate's ACL in the process pic.twitter.com/EW1LLxgBdF
— Eric Fawcett (@Efawcett7) January 15, 2018
— The Sports Junky (@TheSportsJunky1) January 15, 2018
That play put a sour end to what had been a strong first pro season for Williams, who played at Utah from 2014-16. He had 4 interceptions in 15 starts for the Saints after being drafted 42nd overall in the 2017 NFL draft.
Williams had 11 interceptions for Utah, including 5 in each of his final two seasons.
While most of Twitter decided to roast Williams for the missed tackle, former Utes teammates and coaches took a different route including offensive lineman Isaac Asiata and defensive back Joseph Smith.
All you bums trashing my uso 43 will never understand the work ethic and all the blood, sweat and tears he's put into his career and craft. Those who know, know. Hell of a rookie season Duck Boy. Your boys will always have your back. Alofas uso! @Babymagik32 pic.twitter.com/UsQS5fNce8
— Isaac Asiata (@AsiataFive4) January 15, 2018
Marcus Williams, you had a 1st year in the league that many dream for. Rookie and starter for a prestigious team. Remember the day you asked me if you should go to the U and if Scalley good. I gave you the real and he did just that. Learn and grow from it my guy. 🙌🏾💯 #uboyz
— Joseph Smith (@SpotLite_20) January 15, 2018
Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley, who also coached safeties, noted this shouldn’t be the play that defines Williams.
Marcus Williams has been through adversity before and handled it like a warrior! He will do the same with this. Great rookie season with 6 Interceptions and has shown that he will be special in that league. One play will not define this young man, and he will come back stronger!!
— Morgan Scalley (@SafetyPride) January 15, 2018