Jamal Williams

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Jamal Williams
Jamal Williams.jpg
Williams during pre-game warmups as a San Diego Charger in a 2008 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
No. 76
Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-04-28) April 28, 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth: Washington, D.C.
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 348 lb (158 kg)
Career information
High school: Washington (DC) Carroll
College: Oklahoma State
Supplemental Draft: 1998 / Round: 2
Debuted in 1998 for the San Diego Chargers
Last played in 2010 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 394
Solo tackles 312
Quarterback sacks 13
Forced fumbles 4
Interceptions 1
Pass deflections 21
Stats at NFL.com

Jamal Williams (born April 28, 1976) is a former American football nose tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 1998 Supplemental Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma State. After three consecutive All-Pro seasons (2004, 2005, 2006) in the NFL, Williams—at a massive 6′3″, 350 pounds—was described as a "textbook block-of-granite noseman" by SI.com′s Peter King in 2007.[1]

Early years[edit]

Williams is the second oldest of seven boys, was raised in Washington, D.C. by his mother, Harriet, a single parent. A two-time All-Met selection at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, Williams played linebacker at 6′3″, 255 pounds. He was named a Super Prep All-American in 1994.

Williams played at Oklahoma State University in 1995. In 1996, he transferred to Kemper Military School and Junior College in Boonville, Missouri, where he was a standout in the junior college ranks. In 1997, Williams returned to Oklahoma State and was named 1st Team All-Big 12. He finished his career with 117 tackles and 9.5 sacks. He majored in sociology at OSU.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

At a game in Denver in September 2010.

Williams was drafted in the second-round of the 1998 NFL Supplemental Draft by the San Diego Chargers. The highlight of his rookie season occurred on December 13, when he scored a touchdown on a 14-yard interception return against the Seattle Seahawks. He finished the season with 6 tackles (5 solo), 1 pass deflection, and 1 interception in 9 games. In 1999, he recorded 26 tackles (22 solo), 1 sack, and 2 pass deflections in 16 games (2 starts). In 2000, Williams finished with 52 tackles (45 solo), 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble in 16 starts. He suffered a season-ending injury in the 3rd game of the 2001 season and finished with just 2 solo tackles. However, he worked his way back into the starting line-up in 2002, earning the Ed Block Courage Award for his efforts. Williams recorded 23 tackles (19 solo), 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 2 pass deflections in 12 games during the 2002 season. During the 2003 season, Williams posted totals of 33 tackles (24 solo), 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, and 1 pass deflection in 15 games.

The Chargers switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme in 2004 and fielded Williams at nose tackle, arguably the most important position in the 3-4 defense. Williams recorded 32 tackles (25 solo), 4 sacks, and 4 pass deflections in 15 games. He became widely recognized as one of the top 3-4 nose tackles in the NFL and was named an AP 2nd Team All-Pro. In the 2005 season, Williams recorded 53 tackles (40 solo) and 4 pass deflections in 16 games and was named a Pro Bowl starter and was named 1st Team All-Pro by the Associated Press and The Sporting News. He finished the 2006 season with 69 tackles (49 solo), 2 sacks, and 2 pass deflections in 16 games and was again named a Pro Bowl starter, as well as 1st Team All-Pro by the AP, The Sporting News, and the Football Writers Association of America. During the 2007 season, Williams recorded 39 tackles (32 solo), 1 forced fumble, and 2 pass deflections in 13 games and was named a Pro Bowl reserve following the season. Williams finished 2008 with 56 tackles (46 solo), 1.5 sacks, and 3 pass deflections in 16 games. In 2009, Williams suffered a season-ending triceps injury in the first game and finished with just 3 solo tackles.

On March 4, 2010, Williams was released by the Chargers.[2]

Denver Broncos[edit]

On March 9, 2010, Williams signed a 3 year, $16 million contract with the Broncos with $7 million guaranteed and an additional $6 million available through incentives.[3]

On March 3, 2011, the Broncos released Williams.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, Williams married to singer-songwriter Surel Williams (née Sureldie Rycha Davis) of DeSoto, Texas.[5] The couple has 2 daughters: Joy Danielle and Jasmine. The couple raise their children between Dallas, Texas and San Diego, California.

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