Former Ravens defensive tackle and current Poly coach Larry Webster brought more than 60 players from the Engineers' varsity, junior varsity and freshmen squads to Tuesday’s practice at the Ravens' training complex in Owings Mills.
And while the youngsters were mesmerized by the likes of Ray Rice, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, they also got a chance to meet wide receiver LaQuan Williams, a former Engineer himself.
If the student-athletes were excited about Williams, he felt the same way about their visit.
“It means a lot,” Williams said. “It goes to show that dreams can come true. Like I told those kids out there, go for your dreams, because it’s possible they can come true. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t make it. Seeing those kids reminds me of where I came from and how far I’ve made it.”
Williams, who defied the odds as an undrafted rookie to make the team’s active 53-man roster in 2011, said he enjoys inspiration to the members of the Poly football team.
“I’m a guy that made it out, and I’m playing for my hometown team. So that’s something that I take pride in,” he said. “I want to give back to the community. I want to be the guy that is out here and being an inspiration for the kids.”