Jan. 9, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama defenisve lineman Jesse Williams got a chance to speak with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Wednesday evening via Skype from inside the Alabama football offices.
Williams, a native of Brisbane, Australia, spoke with the Prime Minister for roughly four minutes. The pair discussed the BCS National Championship victory over Notre Dame, his NFL future, his life at Alabama, the incredible heat and bush fires in Australia and the Prime Minister finished the call by wishing Williams luck on his future.
"It was great to speak to the Prime Minister and to know that I have the support of the entire country, starting with her," Williams said. "It was great to be recognized for the success I've had outside of Australia, playing football at Alabama."
It was the first Skype call for Australian Prime Minister Gillard.
Williams wrapped up his Alabama career on Monday, helping the Crimson Tide secure its second BCS National Championship in his two years at Alabama. He started 25 games during his two years at the Capstone and finished with 61 career tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and three pass deflections while also serving as a lead blocker in goal-line situations on the offensive side of the ball.
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