LaQuan Williams, Brigade ready to begin new era of Baltimore football – Baltimore Sun

LaQuan Williams is a professional football player and also an aspiring entrepreneur, so it was not without some knowledge of risk and bottom lines that the former Ravens wide receiver appraised the Baltimore Brigade’s inaugural season as if it were some essential investment.

“I eat, sleep and drink football,” Williams, 28, said Thursday at the Arena Football League expansion team’s Baltimore practice facility. “That’s all I think about, especially in the season. You only get so many games.”

He knows this well. The former Poly and Maryland standout last appeared in an NFL game in 2012, last was on an NFL roster in 2014 and ended a brief stint with the AFL’s Los Angeles Kiss last summer. Yet even as his fortunes in the sport seemed to shift and his interests outside it blossomed — he indulged his entrepreneurial spirit on Airbnb and took online classes as he worked toward a master’s degree — he felt there were more games ahead.

So he worked out, stayed in shape, hoping there would again be a need in the market for what he thought were obvious goods. Now, more than five years after his first paid job in the sport became almost too good to be true — the hometown Ravens signing the undrafted Williams and then winning Super Bowl XLVII — he is happy to have returned to a Baltimore team.