Kevin Williams (wide receiver)

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Kevin Williams
No. 85, 82
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1971-01-25) January 25, 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Franklin D. Roosevelt
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46
Debuted in 1993 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 2000 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Kevin Ray Williams (born January 25, 1971 in Dallas, Texas) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League who played for the Dallas Cowboys, the Arizona Cardinals, the Buffalo Bills, and the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football for the University of Miami.

Early years[edit]

Williams attended Roosevelt High School and played college football at the University of Miami, where he was the fastest player in some of college football most talented teams.[1]

In 1991 he was the Big East special teams player of the year and received first-team All-American and All-Big East honors, after setting the conference record with 3 punts returned for touchdowns. In 1992 injuries made him slip to second-team All-Big East.

Williams was a part of the Hurricane's 1991 National Championship team. He left as a junior to enter the NFL Draft.

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Williams was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft. His best moment as a rookie came in the infamous Leon Lett Thanksgiving game against the Miami Dolphins, where he scored all of the team's points (except the conversions) on a 4 yard reception and a 64 yard punt return.[2]

After the departure of Alvin Harper in 1995, he received the opportunity as the starting wide receiver opposite to Michael Irvin, but never became the consistent big play compliment that was expected from him. That season against the Arizona Cardinals, he had the sixth best single game receiving total in franchise history at that time, with 203 yards, and added two touchdown receptions of 25 and 48 yards.[3]

In 1996, a foot injury suffered in a 10-7 loss against the Buffalo Bills, limited him to only 10 games. The next year he decided to leave the team via free agency, after Anthony Miller was signed to take over the second receiver role.

His speed and return abilities were always valued during his time with the Cowboys, setting the team career records for number of kickoff returns (144) and kickoff return yards (3,4616) in just four seasons. He also was the only player in franchise history to score touchdowns on punt returns (3), kickoff (1), receiving (5) and rushing (2).[4]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

In 1997, he signed a one year contract as a free agent with the Arizona Cardinals, where he played special teams and was a backup wide receiver. His 59 kickoff returns for 1,458 yards set a team single season record and he also set a team record against the Atlanta Falcons with 207 kickoff return yards in a game.[5]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

In 1998, he signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills, where he played for 2 seasons before being released.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Williams ended his 8 year career with the 49ers in 2000. He finished with 178 receptions for 2,314 yards and 7 touchdowns, 167 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, 7,309 kickoff return yards with 1 touchdown and 2,295 yards and 3 touchdowns on punt returns. He gained a total of 12,085 all purpose yards.

NFL stats[edit]

Receiving Stats[6]

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1993 DAL 16 20 151 7.6 33 2 6 0 0
1994 DAL 15 13 181 13.9 29 0 7 0 0
1995 DAL 16 38 613 16.1 48 2 32 0 0
1996 DAL 10 27 323 12.0 31 1 20 0 0
1997 ARI 16 20 273 13.7 31 1 15 0 0
1998 BUF 16 29 392 13.5 55 1 18 1 1
1999 BUF 16 31 381 12.3 35 0 20 0 0
Career 121 178 2,314 13.0 55 7 118 1 1

Returning Stats[6]

Year Team Games Punt Return Attempts Punt Return Yards Punts Returned for Touchdown Punts Fair Caught Longest Punt Return Kickoff Return Attempts Kickoff Return Yards Kickoffs Returned for Touchdown Kickoffs Fair Caught Longest Kickoff Return
1993 DAL 16 36 381 2 14 64 31 689 0 0 49
1994 DAL 15 39 349 1 13 83 43 1,148 1 0 87
1995 DAL 16 18 166 0 15 30 49 1,108 0 0 43
1996 DAL 10 2 17 0 0 9 21 471 0 0 39
1997 ARI 16 40 462 0 15 50 59 1,458 0 0 63
1998 BUF 16 37 369 0 11 73 47 1,059 0 0 46
1999 BUF 16 33 331 0 17 27 42 840 0 0 62
2000 SF 16 26 220 0 13 25 30 536 0 0 33
Career 121 231 2,295 3 98 83 322 7,309 1 0 87

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