Sylvester Williams took an unconventional path to the NFL.
An enigma as both a late-bloomer and a quick study, Williams started just one football game in high school in Jefferson City, Mo., where he admittedly wasn't much of a student or an athlete.
He twice got kicked off the basketball team for poor grades and eventually was expelled for ditching too many classes.
After high school, Williams went to work in a factory making radiator parts and $400 a week, good money for a 19-year-old. But the thought of hearing those whistles announcing lunch and cigarette breaks for the next four decades got him to thinking about giving the gridiron and the classroom another shot.
''I started getting a feeling that I could play football in my future sometime and I really wanted to go back to school and get a degree,'' Williams recounted Friday after donning a Broncos cap at team headquarters.
While punching a clock, all those hours in the classroom or on the football field didn't seem so bad...