|Date of birth:||August 11, 1979|
|Place of birth:||Hammond, Louisiana|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight:||185 lb (84 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||2001 / Round: 3 / Pick: 86|
|Drafted by:||New England Patriots|
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Brock Williams (born August 11, 1979) is a former professional American football cornerback. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Williams was born on August 11, 1979 in Hammond, Louisiana. He was one of six children and his brother John played at Southern. As a senior in 1996 he had 102 tackles and 15 pass deflections. He was named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a third team pick on the All-South team by Fox Sports South. The coaches in the Louisiana area also chose Williams as district MVP after he played running back, cornerback and returned kicks.
Williams attended the University of Notre Dame and majored in sociology. As a freshman in 1997, he played in eight games making 97 appearances on special teams. For the first time in his college career he played cornerback against Pittsburgh. He broke into the starting lineup against Purdue in week four and played in all 12 of the Irish's games. He had eight tackles against Stanford, six against Boston College and seven against LSU. After not playing in 1999 as a junior, he was named the Irish's starting left cornerback in 2000. He led defenders in playing time during 2000 and played in all 13 games which included the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl game against Oregon State. Williams made three tackles against Texas A&M, eight tackles against Michigan State and had seven tackles against Stanford, a game in which he recorded his first sack.
New England Patriots
Williams was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Williams tore his anterior cruciate ligament and was placed on injured reserve after being active for only one game but not playing. In 2002, Williams was hampered by an ankle injury throughout the offseason and was eventually released on September 1, 2002. On September 3, 2002, Williams was re-signed to the Patriots practice squad before being released on October 22.
Because he was a member of the Patriots during their 2001 Super Bowl championship season, Williams received a championship ring, which he later famously pawned for $3,500 at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop that is now featured on the TV series Pawn Stars and never picked it back up. Williams was offered $15,000 to sell the ring but declined. It is listed for sale at the pawn shop for $100,000.
First stint with Raiders
On October 24, 2002, Williams was signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad. But after suffering a knee injury, Williams was released from the practice squad on November 19. He was re-signed by the Raiders during the 2003 offseason. On August 28, 2003, Williams was once again released by the Raiders.
Second stint with Raiders
Williams was re-signed by the Oakland Raiders on October 20, 2004. He was waived on October 27. He was re-signed to the Raiders active roster on December 21, 2004. After spending the 2005 offseason, Williams was released at the end of training camp on August 29, 2005.
Williams' 2001 Super Bowl ring has appeared on the new History Channel show, Pawn Stars. According to the official website for the show, the shop's proprietor has the ring for sale at $100,000. He pawned the ring late one night for $2500 according to Gold and Silver Pawn owner Corey Harrison.
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- Graham, Tim (2010-09-08). "In a pawn shop, every item has a story". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08.