Sonny Bill Williams, A Captivating Tale In Race, Religion And Rugby

In the U.S., players from the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL are worshiped for their athletic talents.

These ballers make millions and are both loved and hated by fans across the country. In a sport like rugby, the following in America is no where near as strong as it is for athletes from the aforementioned sports.

Yet in New Zealand, rugby is religion, and if you’re a star player from the All Blacks squad like Sonny Bill Williams, you’re a god.

But with that status comes both success and defeat, happiness and sadness. Williams has experienced it all, yet he was far from fulfilled. You would think that a star athlete in the country’s biggest sport would have it all, but that was far from the case.

Then he picked up a copy of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” and his life changed. That’s when the half white, half Pacific Islander found his calling and the inner peace he was searching for. It’s that story, and life changing experience, that Williams shares with “Real Sports” tonight. You can watch a clip of the interview below:

“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” returns tonight, Tuesday the 24th, on HBO at 10pm ET/PT.

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