James Williams (defensive back)

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James Williams
Coalinga High School - Horned Toads
Date of birth (1967-03-30) March 30, 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Osceola, AR
Career information
Position(s) Defensive back
College Fresno State
NFL draft 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick 16
Career history
As player
1990–1993 Buffalo Bills
1994 Arizona Cardinals
1996 San Francisco 49ers
Career stats

James Earl "J.D." Williams (born March 30, 1967 in Osceola, Arkansas) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft. Before College, Williams was a Running Back Defensive Back that played for the Horned Toads of Coalinga High School. At 5'10", 185-lb. defensive back from Fresno State University, Williams played in 6 NFL seasons from 1990 to 1994 and 1996 for the Bills, Arizona Cardinals, and San Francisco 49ers.

Williams was most notable for being the first player on the Buffalo Bills squad to don the number 31, which had been "retired" to represent the spirit of the franchise. Since Williams donned the number, the Bills have allowed anyone to wear the 31 jersey; it was later worn by Dwayne Wright, who coincidentally like Williams, went to Fresno State. Jairus Byrd wore the number before becoming a free agent; ironically, Byrd had to change to 31 because his college number, 32, was unofficially retired because of O. J. Simpson.