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Amos was born in Sweetwater, Texas and attended Sweetwater High School. He is a champion jump rope skipper. In 1999 he jumped with Team USA at the FISAC World Jump Rope Championships and won in the all-male senior division.
Amos played safety his first year at the University of Nebraska. He tore his ACL during training, and sat out for a year. He came back in the 2003 season to play left cornerback his junior year. Amos was switched to wide receiver his senior season in 2004 and recorded 2 touchdowns in his debut performance.
He previously played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (until he was traded to the Eskimos on June 14, 2009 for offensive linemen Thaddeus Coleman). Before that he was on the practice squad of the Chicago Bears, who signed him as an undrafted free agent. He played college football at Nebraska.
Injured several times during his tenure with the Eskimos, he was released in June 2010. He continues to give jump rope demonstrations and has a fitness company. Amos is also the jump rope coach for the Jumpin' Jammers, located in Euless, Texas.
- Kellie King, "Learning The Ropes: If he turns out to be as good at football as he is at jump rope, Nebraska's Willie Amos will be a pro", Sports Illustrated, September 10, 2001.
- Ed Tait, "Amos puts argh in Argos", Winnipeg Free Press, September 14, 2008 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- "Bombers trade DB Willie Amos to Eskimos for OL Coleman", The Sports Network, June 15, 2009.
- Gerry Moddejonge, "Esks' Amos Ailing", Edmonton Sun, June 18, 2010.
- Con Griwkowsky, "Balancing Act for Esks", The London Free Press, June 25, 2010.
- Robin Dudgeon, "Former Blue Bomber gives demo at Fort la Reine School", Portage Daily Graphic, October 18, 2011.
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