Aaron Williams (American football)
Williams warming up in 2015
|Born:||April 23, 1990|
San Jose, California
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||199 lb (90 kg)|
|High school:||Austin (TX) McNeil|
|NFL Draft:||2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34|
|Career NFL statistics|
Williams attended McNeil High School in Austin, Texas. He was considered the top safety recruit by Rivals.com and the second best cornerback recruit by Scout.com in 2008. He was selected 1st team All-State by Dave Campbell Texas Football magazine and was also named to the 2008 Parade All-American team. Williams was named an outstanding performer at the 2007 Army National Combine which led to him being selected to the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl game. He was also a two-year letterman in baseball and track & field. He chose Texas over offers from Baylor and USC.
As a freshman in 2008, Williams started one of 13 games at cornerback, recording 13 tackles and an interception which was returned 81 yards for a touchdown. As a sophomore in 2009, he played in 13 games, missing one due to an injury, and recorded 31 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions. As a junior in 2010, he started 11 games, missing two due to an injury, and recorded 45 tackles, one quarterback sack, and two forced fumbles.
2011 NFL Draft
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 11 7⁄8 in
|4.55 s||1.58 s||2.55 s||4.07 s||6.72 s||37 1⁄2 in
|10 ft 7 in
|All values from 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.|
On March 5, 2014, Williams signed a four-year, $26 million extension with the Bills.
In 2015, Williams was injured in a Week 2 game against the New England Patriots while attempting a flying goal line tackle on Julian Edelman. He was completely motionless on the turf, and was taken off the field in an ambulance. Early reports stated he suffered a neck injury.
In 2016, during a Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals, Williams scored his first NFL touchdown, returning a botched field goal attempt for the score. In Week 7, Williams suffered another serious neck injury after a hit by Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry. He was placed on injured reserve on November 1, 2016, effectively ending his season.
On March 9, 2017, Williams was released by the Bills.
On January 31, 2018, Williams announced his retirement from the NFL after six seasons in Buffalo. His retirement came after multiple head and neck injuries throughout his career, citing it was the main concern of other teams not signing him after workouts in 2017, including the Jaguars, Texans, and Chiefs.
- Rivals.com safeties 2008 rankings
- Scout.com Scout.com cornerback 2008 rankings
- "*Aaron Williams, DS #4 CB, Texas". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- Brown, Chris (March 5, 2014). "Bills sign Aaron Williams to a multi-year extension". BuffaloBills.com.
- "Bills bounce back with 33-18 win over Cardinals". ESPN.com. September 25, 2016.
- Brown, Chris (November 1, 2016). "Bills sign Percy Harvin in effort to bolster receiver position". BuffaloBills.com.
- Brown, Chris (March 9, 2017). "Bills release veteran safety Aaron Williams". BuffaloBills.com.
- Williams, Aaron (January 31, 2018). "To Buffalo". ThePlayersTribune.com.
- Lewis, Edward (January 31, 2018). "Former Bills DB Aaron Williams announces retirement". NFL.com.