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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 05/07/2012

Trent Williams intends to become a better player and leader

Speaking for the first time since his four-game suspension for failing multiple drug tests last season, Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams said that he has learned from his mistakes and aims to become a better leader and player.

Trent Williams after a loss to Dallas last September (Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)
Williams, whom the Redskins drafted fourth overall in 2010, missed the final four games of last season, and since then has been enrolled in the NFL’s substance abuse program. He hadn’t spoken to reporters until Monday, while playing in teammate Brian Orakpo’s Leukemia Golf Classic.

Asked for his response to the incident, Williams said, “It is what it is. I made a mistake. I’ve just got to deal with it.”

Williams said he hasn’t had to make any specific lifestyle changes, but that he knows how to carry himself in the future..

“Be more of a leader,” Williams said. “Obviously not make the mistakes I made in the past. Just be a better player and lead by example.”

Williams said it was “tough having to watch (football) from the couch,” and that he’s glad to be able to return to the field for the team’s offseason practices and to begin preparing for this season.

“I can’t wait,” Williams said. “We’ve got a new quarterback, a whole new team. It’s going to be fun.”

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