Harvey Williams (American football)

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Harvey Williams
No. 44, 22
Running Back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1967-04-22) April 22, 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth: Hempstead, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Hempstead (TX)
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
Debuted in 1991 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Last played in 1998 for the Oakland Raiders
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing Yds 3,952
Rushing Avg 3.9
Rushing TDs 20
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Harvey Lavance Williams (born April 22, 1967), is a former professional American football running back for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Williams grew up in Hempstead, Texas, where he was touted as one of the country's top high school running back prospects in 1986. Williams was considered a lock to commit to nearby Texas A&M, but shocked everyone when he committed to LSU at the last minute on signing day.

The highly contested recruiting battle created a lot of bitterness between the two schools (LSU and Texas A&M had recently revived their yearly football rivalry). Because of it, Williams went to LSU in 1986 with outrageous, perhaps unrealistic, expectations. LSU fans were expecting a Heisman Trophy-caliber running back, but he never became one, partly because of knee injuries. He still had a decent college career, however. Williams ran for over 2,800 yards in his 4 years at LSU, and is fifth in LSU history in career all-purpose yards. In his final season at LSU, he was named to the All-SEC team. Based on this season's performance and his still largely untapped potential, the Kansas City Chiefs selected Williams in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Williams was a bust with the Kansas City Chiefs. In his first two seasons, Barry Word and Christian Okoye consistently beat Williams out for playing time. In both seasons, he finished behind Word and Okoye in rushing yards. By 1993, Marcus Allen joined the team and would become the starter, meaning that Williams' days in Kansas City were numbered.

In 1994, Williams moved on to Marcus Allen's former team, the Los Angeles Raiders. He would finally get a chance to be a starter, and would respond with two good seasons. He would rush for 983 yards in 1994. He followed up this season with his only 1,000-yard rushing season, rushing for 1,114 yards and 9 touchdowns in 1995.

After 1995, Williams would lose his starting job to another first round pick, Napoleon Kaufman, and would eventually be moved to tight end. In 1997, he had perhaps his most memorable game as a pro, scoring 4 touchdowns in a 38-13 win over the San Diego Chargers. He would stay with the Raiders until his release after the 1998 NFL season. [4]

Statistics[edit]

Note: G = Games played; Att = Rushing attempts; Yds = Rushing yards; Avg = Average yards per carry; Long = Longest rush; Rush TD = Rushing touchdowns; Rec = Receptions; Yds = Receiving yards; Avg = Average yards per reception; Long = Longest reception; Rec TD = Receiving touchdowns

Year Team GP Att Yds Avg Long Rush TD Rec Yds Avg Long Rec TD
1991 Kansas City Chiefs 14 97 447 4.6 21 1 16 147 9.2 17 2
1992 Kansas City Chiefs 14 78 262 3.4 11 1 5 24 4.8 12 0
1993 Kansas City Chiefs 7 42 149 3.5 19 0 7 42 6.0 14 0
1994 Los Angeles Raiders 16 282 983 3.5 28 4 47 391 8.3 27 3
1995 Oakland Raiders 16 255 1,114 4.4 60 9 54 375 6.9 28 0
1996 Oakland Raiders 13 121 431 3.6 44 0 22 143 6.5 20 0
1997 Oakland Raiders 14 18 70 3.9 13 3 16 147 9.2 32 2
1998 Oakland Raiders 16 128 496 3.9 25 2 26 173 6.7 15 0
Career Totals 110 1,021 3,952 3.9 60 20 193 1,442 7.5 32 7
  • Stats that are highlighted show career high

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