Williams signs an autograph in 2006
|Position:||Tight end, Wide receiver|
|Date of birth:||June 22, 1979|
|Place of birth:||Tallahassee, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school:||Tallahassee (FL) Lincoln|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Career Arena statistics|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
Eddie Lee "Boo" Williams (born June 22, 1979) is a former American football tight end who played for the New Orleans Saints from 2001 to 2005. He played college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks as a wide receiver.
Williams played two seasons at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, where he was a two-time All-American catching 83 passes for 1,687 yards and 21 touchdowns as a split end wide receiver. He then transferred to the University of Arkansas for the 1999 and 2000 seasons where he caught 80 receptions for 1,123 yards and 11 touchdowns.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 4 in||237 lb||4.72 s||1.63 s||2.73 s||4.33 s||7.10 s||35 1⁄1 in||9 ft 11 in|
|Measurables are from the 2001 NFL Scouting Combine.|
New Orleans Saints
Williams was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New Orleans Saints on April 26, 2001 and soon began a conversion to the tight end position. Waived in September, then signed off the practice squad on October 27, he played in his first NFL game October 28 and made his first start the following week. He finished his first NFL season with 20 receptions for 202 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Williams was the top pass-catching tight end for the Saints in 2002 with 13 catches for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Williams started a career-high 8 games in the 2004 season.
New York Giants
Kansas City Brigade
Life after football
Williams struggled with a multitude of depression, anger, and anxiety issues after retiring from football, the cause of which he attributes to head trauma sustained during his NFL career. After nearly taking his own life in 2011, Williams spent four months at the Crosby Center in San Diego for diagnosis and treatment of the problems he was suffering from. Williams later worked with the Crosby Center to help other NFL players dealing with similar issues post-retirement.
Williams uses marijuana to treat the chronic pain and other health issues that have resulted from his career in the NFL. He co-founded the Gridiron Cannabis Coalition with former Saints teammate Kyle Turley to advocate for the NFL to remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. The organization is also involved with research to study the pain-relieving and neuroprotective benefits of the drug.
Williams founded the Boo Williams Athletic Academy, an after-school program providing academic and athletic activities for children to engage in. Williams later closed the facility but hopes to re-open another in the future.
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