No. 84 Edmonton Eskimos
|Date of birth:January 30, 1987|
|Place of birth: Montclair, New Jersey|
|High school: Oradell (NJ) Bergen|
|Undrafted in 2009|
|Debuted in 2014 for the Edmonton Eskimos|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at CFL.ca|
Isaiah Williams (born January 30, 1987) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of Maryland. He was signed by Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2009.
Williams was born on January 30, 1987 in Montclair, New Jersey to parents Ira and Rita Williams. His father played football at Rutgers and his brother, Ira, Jr., played at Wake Forest from 1998 to 2001. His twin sister, Tahirah, played basketball as a guard at Connecticut She was a senior on the 2008–09 Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team that went undefeated and won the National Championship.
Williams attended Bergen Catholic High School where he played football for two years and ran track for three. As a junior, he recorded 11 receptions for 229 yards and three touchdowns. As a senior in 2004, he set the single-season school records for 45 receptions, 897 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns. On special teams, he returned nine kickoffs for 308 yards. He was named an Associated Press second-team all-state, Newark Star Ledger second-team all-state, first-team all-group, All-North Jersey, and all-county player. He was also named a PrepStar All-East region and SuperPrep All-Northeast player. Williams was recruited by Maryland, Syracuse, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. He chose to attend Maryland, due to a desire to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), stay close to home, and the Terrapins' three winning seasons from 2001 to 2003.
At Maryland, Williams majored in American Studies. As a true freshman in 2005, he played in four games and recorded one reception for four yards. The following season, he saw action in all 13 games including 11 starts. He finished as the team's fourth-leading receiver with 28 receptions and three touchdowns. For the 2007 season, he was replaced at the X receiver position by sophomore Darrius Heyward-Bey. Williams was moved to Z receiver where he shared playing time with redshirt freshman LaQuan Williams. Wide receivers coach Bryan Bossard said, "Isaiah Williams is more talented than Darrius Heyward-Bey ... I've told him that; I've told Darrius that—talking about God-given ability, running, catching the ball, speed, height. Darrius just outworks him, and that's why he's had all the success he's had." That year, Williams played in all 13 games, including six starts and recorded 395 receiving yards to finish second on the team. In 2008, Williams again played in 13 games with six starts. He recorded six receptions, including a 43-yard touchdown from receiver Danny Oquendo on a trick play against Eastern Michigan.
Williams was not selected in the 2009 NFL Draft, but was signed as an undrafted free agent soon after by the Baltimore Ravens. At the University of Maryland Pro Day on March 11, 2009, Williams posted impressive numbers with a 40-yard dash time of 4.38 seconds, a 60-yard shuttle time of 11.10 seconds, a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.24 seconds, and a vertical jump of 41 inches. On July 28, 2009, the Ravens released him.
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed Williams as a free agent on May 11, 2010 to fill in for wide receiver Limas Sweed who was placed on injured reserve. Williams was released by the Steelers on August 23, 2010.
The Arizona Cardinals signed Williams as a free agent on August 30, 2010. He was released in the final preseason cuts, but subsequently signed to the practice squad. Williams caught a game winning touchdown in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders on August 11, 2011. He was released on September 2, but again signed to the team's practice squad. On November 15, 2011, Williams was released from the team.
Williams was signed to the practice squad of the Seattle Seahawks on November 22, 2011. He was released on January 9, 2012.
Second Stint with Cardinals
Williams re-signed with the Arizona Cardinals on January 10, 2012.
- Player Bio: Isaiah Williams, University of Maryland, retrieved April 28, 2009.
- Fulkerson, Vickie. "Huskies have a fan in Williams", The Day (New London), November 24, 2007. Accessed February 17, 2011. "Isaiah went to Bergen Catholic High School, while Tahirah, a 6-foot guard, went to nearby Immaculate Heart Academy, an all-girls school."
- Isaiah Williams Interview, NFL Draft Blitz, November 17, 2008.
- Switch fits Terps' Williams to a Z, The Washington Times, August 20, 2007.
- Two more Terps ink deals, The Washington Times, April 27, 2009.
- Terps Work Out Wednesday for Pro Football Scouts,
- Steelers WR Sweed placed on IR, The Miami Herald, May 11, 2010.
- Steelers re-sign Matt Stewart, cut Isaiah Williams, National Football Post, August 23, 2010.
- Cardinals make move for a fullback, National Football Post, August 30, 2010.
- Weekend NFL Transactions, The Daily News, September 6, 2010.
- Cardinals cut CB Green, two others, claim three off waivers, TSN, September 6, 2010.
- "Arizona Cardinals win preseason opener". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- Tafur, Vic (August 25, 2013). "Raiders facing big questions". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 1, 2013.
- "Titans Sign Linebacker, Pair of Receivers to Futures Contracts". TitansOnline.com. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
- Titans Reach 75-Player Roster Limit
- Maryland Terrapins bio
- Oakland Raiders bio
- Edmonton Eskimos bio Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
- Williams family ties link Maryland, Wake, The Baltimore Sun, September 21, 2007.
- Terrapins are working to get off the ground, The Washington Post, August 17, 2005.
- Terps' passing game remains in good hands: Veteran receivers, skilled newcomers provide options, The Baltimore Sun, August 15, 2007.
- Maryland's wide receivers are plenty good, not deep, The Washington Post, December 25, 2006.
- Fallout from Bossard's firing, The Washington Times, December 30, 2007.
- Williams comes full-circle, Rivals.com, October 4, 2007.