Against all odds

Grambling State University can now say that it has it’s very own strongman. Senior Criminal Justice major Morrocco "Roc" Williams, a native of Huttig, Arkansas will be taking his first shot at winning the World’s Strongest Man Competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma in May.

Williams who has been training for this competition for the past six months. Watching TV growing up ato do that," explained Williams. "I saw the wrestler Marc Henry, who was just doing the strong man competitions at the time and people always told me that I looked like him so I just started wanting to do it." Growing up in such a small town and not having the opportunity to play high school sports, Williams turned to weightlifting and bodybuilding. Since Williams has been training for his trial at the competition he has developed a training regimen that consists of two hours of working out before his morning classes, a hearty meal for lunch, a second session in the gym in the evening with heavy weights and maxing out.

"I usually have people in the gym with me that help me with my weights and when I am doing heavy lifting," stated Williams. "I am usually so tired after my evening workout that I go home, take a shower and go to sleep.

When asked if he planned to make a career out of being in the strong man competitions, Williams stated that he definitely had plans to do so. "My goal is to be known as one of the strongest men in the world by the age of 27,"said Williams. "Hopefully I can turn professional by the age of 25. To turn pro you have to win a few amateur events, but once I turn pro I will be able to get endorsements and I can get other people to pay for me to participate in these events. "Although he plans to make a career out of powerlifting and competing in strong man competitions, Williams stated that he did plan to do some work in the Criminal Justice field. He stated that he would like to work in law enforcement because he already has experience working in prisons. "I have met a lot guys that are cops or businessmen. They have jobs too, but the majority of them do it for the fun and the love it and not to travel around the world," explained Williams.

After this competition Williams stated that he would be entering a second competition in August where he could gauge himself and his strength and see what things he needed to work on. "I believe that once I graduate in May I will be able to move to an area where I will have access to better gyms and equipment and I will be able to meet up with some of the better trainers out there."

Williams had one piece of advice for anyone with aspirations of getting into the profession. "The world only meets you half way. In this profession you’re all you’ve got. There ain’t no cheerleaders and their ain’t no teammates, it’s all about how bad you really want it.

"Roc" admitted that his road to becoming a competitor in strong man competitions has not been one of dedication. "I have gone through periods where I’ve slacked off or didn’t go to the gym like I was supposed to, but now I’m focused and having a serious training regimen."

The one personal thing that Roc wanted the student body to know was that people in school tend to have the wrong idea about Morrocco Williams and who he is. "Everybody in school, when they come to the club I’m usually the first person they see because I’m greeting them at the door as a security guard. I’m known for being mean and rude, which used to bother me at times, but when people get to know me they realize that I’m nice and humble but I don’t take crap off nobody.

"For all of student body out there Morrocco Williams wants you to know that he isn’t the mean person that he seems to be he just means business. Don’t be intimidated by "Rocs" size because there is definitely more to him than meets the eye.

If you happen to run into on campus or, god forbid, in the club while he’s bouncing, congratulate him for setting his sights high working hard to achieve his goal of being one of the strongest men in the world.