Elijah Williams (American football)

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Elijah Williams
No. 21, 25
Defensive back / Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-08-20) August 20, 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth: Milton, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Weight: 181 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school: Milton (FL)
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 6 / Pick: 166
Debuted in 1998 for the Atlanta Falcons
Last played in 2001 for the Atlanta Falcons
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2001
Games played 50
Games started 6
Kick return yards 203
Interceptions 1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Elijah Elgebra Williams (born August 20, 1975) is an American former college and professional football player who was a defensive back and kick returner in the National Football League (NFL) for four seasons during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Williams played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter he played professionally for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.

Early years[edit]

Williams was born in Milton, Florida in 1975.[1] He attended Milton High School,[2] and played high school football for the Milton Panthers.

College career[edit]

Williams accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a running back for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football teams from 1994 to 1997.[3] Memorably, he ran for 109 yards versus LSU Tigers and 116 yards against the Auburn Tigers in 1996[3] Williams led the Gators in rushing yardage in 1995 and 1996, and finished his four-year college career with 3,023 all-purpose yards—2,181 rushing and 842 receiving.[3] During his four college seasons, the Florida Gators won Southeastern conference (SEC) championships in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and the 1996 national championship when they defeated the Florida State Seminoles 52–20 in the Sugar Bowl. He was chosen as a senior team captain in 1997.[3]

Williams returned to Gainesville when his NFL career was over, and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in health science education in 2003.

Professional career[edit]

The Atlanta Falcons chose Williams in the sixth round (166th pick overall) in the 1998 NFL Draft,[4] and he played for the Falcons in fifty games over four seasons from 1998 to 2001.[5] He saw limited action as a running back, and played mostly on special teams as a kick returner and as a backup defensive back.[1]

Life after the NFL[edit]

Williams worked as a high school football coach from 2005 to 2012. He was formerly the head coach for the Oak Ridge Pioneers football team of Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, Florida.[6]

Williams is currently the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida A & M University.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Elijah Williams. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  2. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Elijah Williams. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 99, 125, 138–140, 147–148, 186 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  4. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1998 National Football League Draft. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  5. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Elijah Williams. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "Elijah Williams," Orlando Sentinel (August 21, 2012). Retrieved October 24, 2012.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.