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‘Silverback: The Trent Williams Story’ review: NFL documentary goes beyond the gridiron

Looking at the player and the person.

Silverback: The Trent Williams Story is a documentary that examines the life and career of arguably the best offensive lineman in the National Football League. The film is not as in depth as similar offerings seen on ESPN, but it does provide access into the life of Williams. In the vein of many sports stories, it is a feel good tale about overcoming hardships and finding the highest levels of success.

As is par for the course with this type of film, there are lots of interviews. Unsurprisingly, Silverback includes big time NFL names like Adrian Peterson and Kyle Shanahan. Hearing from coaches and players gives input on what Williams is like as a player. These are interspersed with clips that show why Williams received the largest contract ever for an offensive lineman in the NFL.

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Also included are comments from close friends of Williams. Having interviews with people like Lil Wayne add another layer. Silverback does not just want to tell story about a football player; it also wants to explore the life of a person. This becomes important as the story continues. In 2019, Williams was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma. The outlook was not good and the lineman was told to prepare for the worst. A bitter standoff with the Washington Football Team lead to a year off from football and an eventual trade to the San Francisco 49ers. Silverback details what Williams was going through during this time.

'Silverback: The Trent Williams Story' review: NFL documentary goes beyond the gridiron

Silverback: The Trent Williams Story does not break any new ground, but it is also not the type of sports documentary that is looking to. As a look into the life of an NFL player, it will interest football fans. As a film that examines the life of a person, it is cut and dry, but Williams makes it an entertaining watch.

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