Brandon Williams (linebacker)

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Brandon Williams
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Williams in a preseason game against the Houston Texans.
No. 59
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-06-21) June 21, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth: Fort Worth, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
High school: South Hills (TX)
College: Texas Tech
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 120
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 4.0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Brandon Williams (born June 21, 1988) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. He played college football at Texas Tech University.

Early years[edit]

Wiliams attended high school football at South Hills High School in Fort Worth. He received All-district honors as a senior, after registering 102 tackles and 11 sacks.

College career[edit]

He accepted a scholarship from Texas Tech University. He became a starter at defensive end as a sophomore, posting 6 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss (led the team). As a junior, he registered 11 sacks (led the Big 12 Conference), 12.5 tackles for loss, 21 tackles, 3 passes defensed and one forced fumble.

At the end of the season he declared his intention to enter the 2009 NFL Draft.[1] At the same press conference when he announced his plans to forgo his senior season, he accompanied Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree, who made a similar announcement.[2] He finished his college career with 78 tackles (27.5 for loss), 20.5 sacks, 6 passes defensed, 6 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measureables[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 2½ in 261 lb 4.78 s 1.56 s 2.76 s 4.38 s 7.26 s 33½ in 9 ft 10 in 18 reps 19
40 (and splits) and broad jump from Texas Tech Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine.[citation needed]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Williams was selected in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, with the plan of converting him to an outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense. He tore his left ACL in the second preseason game while playing special teams and was placed on the injured reserve list.[3]

In his second season, he played tentatively coming back from injury and was declared inactive in 10 games. He finished with four special teams tackles.[4] He was waived on September 3, 2011.[5]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

The Arizona Cardinals signed him to their practice squad on November 22, 2011. He was promoted to the active roster on December 21.[6] Williams was released with a shoulder injury on August 31, 2012.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2016, he was the Texas Stealth head coach of the American Indoor Football league. He is a football coach at Nolan Catholic High School.

Personal life[edit]

Williams parents are Debra and Gary Hampton, who have also two daughters, LaToya and Camry, and 2 other sons, Demondre and Gary Jr.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goodson officially declares for NFL draft". Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Brandon Williams to declare for NFL Draft". Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Brandon Williams working to get back". Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cowboys future focus: OLB Brandon Williams". Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Cowboys cut roster to 53". Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Cardinals put Joey Porter on IR". Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Arizona Cardinals cut-down analysis". Retrieved January 21, 2016. 

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