Tank Williams

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Tank Williams
Tank Willams.jpg
No. --     Free Agent
Safety / Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-06-30) June 30, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth: Gulfport, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 223 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school: Bay Saint Louis (MS)
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45
Debuted in 2002 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Pac-10 (2000)
  • First-team All-Pac-10 (2001)
  • First-team All-American (2001)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 283
Sacks 3.5
Interceptions 5
Stats at NFL.com

Clevan "Tank" Williams (born June 30, 1980 in Gulfport, Mississippi) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Stanford.

Williams has also played for the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots.

Early years[edit]

Williams attended Bay High School in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi where he played football as a safety as well as a quarterback. He also played basketball and ran track all four years in high school. During high school he was also employed by the Winn-Dixie grocery store in Bay St. Louis where he worked as a bag boy.

According to Williams, his nickname came from his sister: as an infant, he drank so much milk that his sister suggested to his mother that his mother should give him a tank of milk instead of a bottle.[1]

College career[edit]

Williams attended Stanford University, where he played in 10 games as a true freshman in 1998. He started six games at free safety in 1999, and earned second-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors as a junior. In his senior season, Williams was a first-team All-Pac-10 pick, becoming the first defensive back in school history to win national first-team honors.

Professional career[edit]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Drafted by the Titans in the second round (45th overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft, Williams started every game as a rookie for the Titans in 2002. He started every game in 2003 as well, posting 81 tackles, fourth on the Titans' defense that was best in the NFL against the run. His 2004 season was cut short by a knee injury that landed him on injured reserve on November 29. He returned in 2005 to start every game for the Titans, recording a career-high 83 tackles.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Williams signed with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent in March 2006. On August 6, 2006, Williams was placed on the injured reserve for the 2006 season after shattering his kneecap. The Vikings re-signed Williams to a one-year deal after the season. He started only two games in 2007, recording 18 tackles on the year.

New England Patriots[edit]

Williams signed a one year contract with the New England Patriots on March 5, 2008. Williams sustained a severe injury to his knee in training camp which caused him to be put on injured reserve, ending his season. Williams was re-signed by the Patriots on March 16, 2009. He was released on August 25 when the team signed third-round pick Tyrone McKenzie.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interception Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2002 TEN 16 61 46 15 2.0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
2003 TEN 16 74 51 23 0.5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 6
2004 TEN 9 52 41 11 1.0 1 1 0 1 13 13 13 0 2
2005 TEN 16 78 58 20 0.0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 5
2007 MIN 13 18 15 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 70 283 211 72 3.5 3 3 0 5 14 3 13 0 20

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Young, Shalise Manza (2008-06-09). "Williams hopes to be a big hit". Providence Journal. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Tank Williams Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 

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