Kyle Williams: The day after

Kyle Williams: The day after
January 23, 2012, 9:07 pm
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SANTA CLARA -- Kyle Williams, whose two mishandled punts were pivotal plays in the 49ers' 20-17 overtime loss to the New York Giants on Sunday, stood at his locker room to answer questions.Here is what Williams had to say a day after the 49ers' loss in the NFC Championship Game:"It was unfortunate circumstance last night for me and the team, but I'm OK. I'm up to it," he said.Did you consult anybody or talk to anybody?

"My teammates. I couldn't be happier with the support they've given me. They let me know that they got my back, and that it's not all on me and not to think about that. But I'm very fortunate to have the teammates I have."There was an image of you on the ground last night, laying flat, could you share with us your emotions?
"It's one of those feelings you don't ever want to feel on the football field, to give it up in a situation like that. It's painful. We're very passionate about what we do, and we're very passionate about getting to the Super Bowl. To be that close and not get it done, it was painful but it's something we're going to move through as a team. And we'll be back."You got to love the fact your teammates had your back?
"Yeah, I got the best teammates in the world."How do you bounce back from this?
"You just bounce back and you move through it. It's one of those things you have to learn from and you got to take full responsibility for it, which I do. It's something I made a mistake on, and I move through it. I promise you that."What did your dad (Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams) say to you?
"I talked to my dad every day. Again, we're in agreement that it's something you learn from and get better from and you stand up and take responsibility as a man and you move through it."He said you were playing with a shoulder injury?
"Look, in football everybody's going to be dinged up here and there. If what he said was saying that was the cause for any of the mistakes that were made, that's not it. I take full responsibility for the mistake I did make and you got to play with what you got. I was dinged up. Everybody was dinged up in the game. That's football. Nobody is going to be 100 percent. So I was fine. It was something that happened."Did you hear from anybody you didn't expect to hear from?
"A couple guys around the league reaching out that were supportive of me, which I didn't expect. But it was nice to see, nice to hear. Again, it's something that's going to help me moving forward."Who were those people?
"I'm not going to get into it."Your name was blown up on Twitter. How do you deal with that?
"Well, you know what, I didn't pay attention to Twitter. All I was was the feedback I needed was from the family and friends and guys in this locker room. That was really all I needed because that's all that matters, when it comes down to it, was the guys who were wearing the same jersey as me and the family and friends who were close by."You could've stayed behind the curtain and not talked for months. Why come out here?
"Because it's one of those things you have to take accountability for. Everybody is responsible for what they do on the field and off the field. It was something I was responsible for and I made a mistake. And it's time to own up to it and move forward."Looking back was there any sense of you trying to do too much on that play because of the circumstances?
"I don't think so. When you're out there, you want to make a play. You want to make a play for your team. We weren't exactly moving forward. It was one of those things that we needed something to spark us and . . . I wouldn't go back and change it. Ten times out of 10, I wouldn't change it. It's one of those things, I was trying to make something happen and the other guy on the other team made something happen. It's unfortunate circumstance, but he made a play, I didn't."Were you trying to shift the ball from your right arm to your left?
"Yeah, I was trying to get it into my right hand. He just made a good play. He got his hand in there and poked it out."On the first one, did you know the ball hit you?
"I didn't know it hit me. I still don't think it hit me."Does this make you even more eager to start things up again?
"Yeah, I can't wait to get back to work -- and to get back to work with these guys in this locker room and move forward from this and just get better and learn from it. I can't wait."

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