HOUSTON -- Brooks Reed is the anti-Mario Williams, or at least that how he sees himself.
Now, Reed has not exactly said this in specific terms (or, really, in generic ones), and he certainly would never describe himself as "anti-teammate." But there are three factors at play in Reed's NFL existence -- (1) the way Brooks Reed perceives himself, (2) the way the general populace (and perhaps Reed) perceives Mario Williams, and (3) the way Brooks Reed actually is that don't all jibe.
Mario Williams is everything Brooks Reed has never thought he was.
"In high school I had self-image problems," says Reed, the Houston Texans rookie linebacker who has seamlessly taken over for the injured Williams. "I was always like, Dang, look at that guy over there. He's huge.'"
Mario Williams is That Guy Over There. He always has been. He was a blue-chip prospect out of high school and an All-American at Maryland. At the 2006 NFL Scouting Combine, he measured 6-foot-7, 295 pounds, ran the 40-yar...