Bobbie Williams to speak at Cincinnati State's Middletown campus

Andy Lyons

Former Bengals offensive guard Bobbie Williams, currently a free agent, will speak about his struggles early in his life.

You can take the player out of the 'nati but you can never take the 'nati out of the player. At least that's the case for former offensive guard Bobbie Williams, who will be speaking at Cincinnati State Middletown this Monday.

Williams will reflect on his personal story, which began from poverty and adversity. He'll be speaking at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue at Cincinnati State's Middletown campus around 2 p.m. (Eastern).

The talk was arranged by Middletown NAACP President and City Council candidate Dora Bronston, who attends church with Williams at Solid Rock Church in Monroe.

"He has a voice of encouragement," said Bronston, who is also a minister. "Bobbie’s background is such that he thought he would never be able to leave his hometown (in Jefferson, Texas). He knew he had to try harder than anyone else in order to make it, work harder in order to survive."

Williams played eight seasons with Cincinnati ('04-'11) before signing with Baltimore in 2012 and winning his first Super Bowl with the Ravens. Williams played all four playoff games but was released in early March and remains an unrestricted free agent today.

Williams would like to play a little more before hanging up his cleats.

"Do I want to play again next year? Yeah, absolutely," Williams told the Baltimore Sun in late January. "This year has been a blessing. I played in spurts, which allowed me to heal."

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