Jeff Bostic said he perked up in 2010 when he heard the Redskins had drafted offensive tackle Trent Williams with the fourth-overall pick in that year's NFL Draft.
Bostic – a three-time Super Bowl-winning center who was a member of the famed "Hogs" offensive line – finally had an opportunity to sit down with Williams Friday at the team's 53rd-annual Washington Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon, and upon presenting the Oklahoma product with the team's Bobby Mitchell Offensive Player of the Year award, said he came away impressed.
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"Understand something," Bostic told the crowd. "This comes from your peers, so the Redskins recognizing him as the offensive player of the year should not come as a surprise."
Williams is one of the game's preeminent left tackles, and has elite quickness and athleticism for somebody with an intimidating 6-foot-5, 337-pound frame.
In 2013, he was picked to his second-straight Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games for a second-consecutive season. He joined Chris Samuels, Jim Lachey and Joe Jacoby as the only Redskins tackles to make consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.
Williams said he was honored to be selected as the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year, especially when there were other candidates – quarterback Robert Griffin III, running back Alfred Morris and wide receiver Pierre Garçon among them – who could've easily been picked, as well.
"I want to thank my teammates," Williams said. "It's a great bunch of guys. We're like family, my brothers. I couldn't go to war with a better group of guys on Sunday, so I thank them for being there for me."
After a disappointing 3-13 record last season but making numerous notable offseason acquisitions and additions, Williams said the Redskins have adopted a "sky's the limit" mindset heading into 2014.
"I definitely want to tell you guys to expect some things out of this team this year. We've got a hard working bunch," Williams told the crowd. "We experienced the lowest of lows – you can't really get any worse than 3-13. But there's only place to go from here, and that's up. I think everybody is ready to make that step to be a great team, so you guys be on the lookout for us."