Dallas Cowboys rookie Sam Williams will enter his 1st NFL season in hopes of making an immediate splash in the league. His college career with Ole Miss ended with him recording 12.5 sacks in 2021, a school record, as he was chosen in the 2nd round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

And even before he’s played a down in the league, Williams has had an opportunity to learn from league stars both past and present. Not only has teammate and 2021 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons guided the former Rebels star during his first offseason camp, but Pro Football Hall of Famer and 5-time Super Bowl winner Charles Haley has been on hand to provide his own input.

“Micah has helped me out,” Williams said. “[He told me] I just need to terrify these guys and open pass rushing lanes, things that I can do. Just start off with speed. Once they get used to your speed, then it’s like a chess match. Now they have to figure out what I am doing.”

He called Haley’s instruction “old school,” with Haley working with Williams on his “get-off and my hand work.”

“It was pretty nice to work with someone like that,” Williams said.

While Williams played DE in 2021, he played 2 seasons at linebacker, and the Dallas staff appears to be ready to leverage his versatility.

“They have moved me to different spots,” he said. “I just want to be used wherever to help the team. Even if it’s to do kickoff and kickoff return. I’ll play wherever.”