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While injuries hurt the Chargers' receiving corps, they helped Tyrell Williams

While injuries hurt the Chargers' receiving corps, they helped Tyrell Williams

Tyrell Williams is kind of like that 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix he bought for $900 as a college freshman, a green sedan with 274,000 miles on it that he still drives when he’s home in Oregon — modest, unassuming, often overlooked.

“It’s a good car, a reliable car,” the Chargers wide receiver said with a grin during last week’s mini-camp. “And it’s still rolling.”

Just like its owner, despite the roadblocks that nearly thwarted his career.

Williams didn’t receive any major college scholarship offers after starring in three sports at tiny Cascade High School in Turner, Ore., so he went to Western Oregon, an obscure Division II school in Monmouth, to play football.

He...

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