LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 4, 2023: USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) leaves the field with tears in his eyes after the Trojans 52-42 loss to Washington at L.A. Memorial Coliseum November 4, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
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Caleb Williams Responds to Criticism for Crying After Washington Loss

Now at 7-3, it's been a tough season for the USC Trojans and Caleb Williams, and that manifested itself in the form of the Trojans signal caller, and likely No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, being consoled by his mother on the sidelines following a 52-42 loss to the Washington Huskies in Week 10.

On Instagram, Williams spoke out about it.

For context, here's the clip of what happened below.


This conjured a mixture of reactions from media personnel and former NFL players.

Former NFL quarterback and No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III came to his defense.

"Watching Caleb Williams sobbing with his family after losing the game will BREAK YOUR HEART," said Griffin, also known as RG3. "This young man pours his heart out for his team EVERY TIME he plays. Any NFL team would be lucky to have him as their QB and this emotion shows how much this game means to him."

Meanwhile, former players like Robert Mathis couldn't agree with RG3's sentiments.

"Sorry @RGIII (all love lil bro) but I gotta chalk this one up in the soft category," Mathis said. "He ran and jumped in stance to his mommy and cried. I always tell players 'I'll never lie to em' and this is not the look you want from your trigger man."

Well, in response to all of this, Williams took to Instagram via the Caleb Cares Foundation account, saying, "Being an advocate for mental health and trying to show your emotions and express yourself - it's something that I've been doing since I was young, and now being on the national level, being able to try and share that awareness with the public and me doing just what I did on Saturday, even though it was far from what I was trying to do, it showed and spread that awareness."

The Caleb Cares Foundation "About" page reads, "From a young age Caleb fell in love with Superman. He believed he could do whatever Superman did and that belief is still alive today. Caleb believes deeply in helping the underdog. As founder of Caleb Cares, Caleb will dedicate his time and resources to eliminating bullying and empowering the underdog."

Williams has completed 68.7% of his passes this season for 2,972 yards, 28 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He's also added 331 rushing yards and ten touchdowns on 46 designed runs.
The Trojans and Williams, will look to get their eighth win of the season in Week 11 of the college football season as they travel on the road to take on the 8-1 Oregon Ducks.

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