Friday, August 26, 2016

The New Trucking Glossary

Not sure what a word or phrase means in trucking today? Here to help is the handy New Trucking Glossary.

Autonomous Trucks
These are trucks that do whatever the hell they want. They don’t listen to anybody. Maybe they’ll take you to the pickup, maybe they won’t. Maybe they’ll go the consignee’s, maybe they won’t. It all depends on how they feel.

Driverless? Up to a point, maybe. Autonomous trucks are not stupid. If they don’t have to drive themselves, they’ll let you do it while they watch the Cartoon Channel on your TV. In case you’ve been wondering, that’s the real reason autonomous trucks haven’t caught on.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Former truck driver attempts to make Houston Texans’ roster

A few years ago, Wendall Williams was spending his days making deliveries in upstate New York to such companies as Five Guys. Now, the former truck driver hopes to crack the roster of the NFL’s Houston Texans.

An undrafted 25-year-old wide receiver and return man from the NAIA’s University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky., Williams is the feel-good story in Houston’s training camp. The Houston Chronicle detailed Williams’ journey from truck driver to pro football player earlier this month.

Williams emerged as a deep threat at Cumberlands last season, catching 15 passes for 457 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games. He added seven more touchdowns with three rushing, three on kick returns, and one on a punt return. That playmaking ability combined with an official 40-yard dash time of 4.32 seconds spawned interest from NFL teams. After he failed to be selected in the NFL Draft, Williams passed on offers from the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals to sign with the Texans for a $5,000 signing bonus.

It didn’t take long for Williams to gain the attention of coaches and teammates at training camp.