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Williams reinstated, hired by Titans

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NASHVILLE -- Gregg Williams knows he's got to prove himself every day.

The former New Orleans Saints defensive co-ordinator said he received a "great rebirth" Thursday when he was reinstated by the NFL and hired by the Tennessee Titans after serving a nearly year-long suspension for his role in the New Orleans bounty scandal.

But now that he's back in the league, he'll have to change the way he's done things in the past.

"I've got a very positive outlook on things," Williams said. "I understand and respect the game an awful lot, and the past is the past and what I'm talking about doing right now is creating a resumé from this day forward."

Williams took the first step when the Titans hired him as a senior assistant coach for defence. Williams thanked commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstating him.

"I take full responsibility and apologize for my previous actions, and I've used this year to reorganize my life and put focus on positive energy and positive ways to inspire and coach and motivate in this profession," Williams said, reading from a statement.

"I'm grateful for this opportunity."

Williams, suspended indefinitely last March, now is the last person involved in the scandal to be reinstated by the league. New Orleans coach Sean Payton had his suspension lifted Jan. 22.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 8, 2013 C5

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