Wally Williams (American football)

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Wally Williams (American football)
Date of birth: (1971-02-20) February 20, 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth: Tallahassee, Florida
Career information
Position(s): Offensive guard/Center
College: Florida A&M
NFL Draft: 1993 / Undrafted
Organizations
As player:
1993-1995
1996-1998
1999-2003
Cleveland Browns
Baltimore Ravens
New Orleans Saints
Career stats
Playing stats at CBS.com

Early life[edit]

Wally James Williams, Jr. (born February 20, 1971 in Tallahassee, Florida) is an American former football player.

Williams attended James S. Rickards High School where he was a three sport athlete playing baseball, football, and on the weightlifting team. He attended Western Maryland College where he played center.

Professional career[edit]

During his tenure as a professional athlete with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, and New Orleans Saints, Williams was able to excel as an undrafted free agent out of Florida A&M University.

Williams was given a 4-game suspension in 2002 for drug abuse while with the Saints. ESPN reported in 2003 that Williams was released by the Saints in 2003 due to "a repeat violation of the substance abuse policy", and after facing a one-year league sanction, Williams decided to retire at age 32.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is currently an analyst for CBS Radio in Baltimore,MD.

On September 15, 2014, a story from Williams' estranged wife, Dewan Smith-Williams, was widely reported in the news media, detailing an incident when the couple argued in 2002 over his drug suspension. During the course of the argument, according to Smith-Williams, Wally Williams "got a baseball bat and was hitting the walls and doors." After calling Williams' NFL liaison, Smith-Williams was advised not to call the police about the incident. She noted, "These men play a violent game and become stars based on their aggression on the field. And it can carry over." Smith-Williams is working on her master's degree in mental health nursing.[2] On September 19, 2014, during an interview with host John Hockenberry of NPR's radio show "The Takeaway", Smith-Williams discussed her history of domestic violence with Wally Williams, including a story in which Williams chased her naked out of their house, forcing her to hide for several hours in her car so that neighbors would not see her.[3]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Future of Wally Williams?". ESPN.com. May 16, 2003. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wife of former New Orleans Saints player Wally Williams says NFL was no help in scary incident with bat-wielding husband". New York Daily News. September 15, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "A Story of Domestic Violence". WNYC Radio and PRI: The Takeaway. September 19, 2014. Retrieved September 19, 2014.