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[ESPN] WATCH: Leonard Williams says youth rugby prepared him for NFL

When he was growing up, Jets defensive end Leonard Williams was too big to play Pop Warner ball.

But that didn’t stop his wanting to take part in youth sports, so Williams’ mother helped convince him to try another physical game: rugby. “I think it helped me a lot,” Williams told ESPN’s Jon Gruden. “It’s a physical sport, so it helped prepare me for football as well. Youth sports are good to be involved in.”

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