Jason Williams (American football)

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Jason Williams
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Williams playing for the Panthers in 2013.
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Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1986-04-23) April 23, 1986 (age 32)
Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Chicago (IL) DuSable
College: Western Illinois
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 69
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles: 64
Sacks: 0.0
Forced fumbles: 3
Fumble recoveries: 1
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Jason X. Williams (born April 23, 1986) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football at Western Illinois.

Early years[edit]

Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended DuSable High School, where he helped lead his team to an undefeated record in the Chicago Public League’s Intra-City Central Conference.

He rushed for 2,988 yards, threw for 3,015 yards and recorded 71 total touchdowns (35 rushing and 36 passing) in his career and was a two-time All-City and All-Section selection.

College career[edit]

Williams accepted a football scholarship from Western Illinois University where he majored in Exercise science. As a true freshman in 2004 he redshirt. In 2005, he played in 10 of 11 games and recorded 23 tackles (14 solo). He also started the final two games of the season at strong safety. As a sophomore in 2006, he started all 11 games at linebacker, the only one to do so that season. He recorded 92 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles, one interception. He also earned All-Gateway Conference honorable-mention and earned the team’s Green Beret award for his significant contributions to the kicking game.

As a junior in 2007, Williams recorded 107 tackles, eight sacks and five forced fumbles, all of which led the Gateway Conference. The five forced fumbles tied a school record, while ranking fifth in the nation. He was also named to the AFCA All-America Team, the Associated Press All-America Second-team and The Sports Network All-America Second-team, as well as being a First-team All-Gateway selection, while ranking among the nation’s top 50 defensive players in tackles for loss, total tackles and sacks. He was also a runner-up for the Gateway Defensive Player of the Year Award. He was also named the team’s defensive MVP at the teams annual awards banquet.

As a senior in 2008, Williams was named to Lindy's pre-season All-America First-team and the Consensus Draft Services All-America Second-team. He was also one of three linebacks named to The Sporting News' pre-season FCS All-America team. He was also named to Phil Steele's pre-season All-America First-team. For the season, Williams recorded 67 tackles (39 solo), 14.5 tackles-for-losses and led the nation with a school-record six forced fumbles. He finished fourth in the Buck Buchanan award voting. He was also named to the Associated Press All-America First-team, the Sports Network All-America First-team and the College Sporting News All-Ameerica team. He also became the first player in school history to earn repeated AFCA All-America honors, he was also named the team's Defensive MVP and played in the East-West Shrine Game.

Williams ended his career by setting a FCS record and tied the NCAA all-division record of 14 career forced fumbles. While at Western Illinois, he recorded a career total of 289 tackles, 15.0 sacks, 45 tackles-for-loss, 14 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 12 pass breakups, one interception and a blocked kick while starting 35-of-43 games.

Professional career[edit]


Williams was not invited to participate at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine, however he did take part in Northwestern University's Pro Day.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht. Wt. 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6'1"* 241 lb.* 4.49* 1.49* 2.59* x* x* 39"* 10' 9"* 26*

(* represents Northwestern Pro Day)[1]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys started the 2009 NFL Draft without a first-round draft choice (part of the price to acquire Roy Williams) and then traded out of the second round, after they couldn't draft center Max Unger. After posting great pre-draft numbers, the Cowboys surprised observers by selecting Williams in the third round (69th overall). He was inactive for 11 games (3 with a sprained left ankle) and played in only five, recording two special teams tackles.[1]

In 2010, during a 1-7 start, the Cowboys declared him inactive for two games because of poor play, before releasing him on November 2, based on his inability to grasp the defense and a lack of consistency on special teams.[2]

Carolina Panthers (first stint)[edit]

Williams was claimed off waivers on November 3 by the Carolina Panthers and recorded 5 tackles, a fumble recovery and two passes defensed in two games as a starter at weak-side linebacker, before being placed on the injured reserve on December 13 with a torn ACL.

In 2011, he played in 14 games (2 games inactive), he led the team with 15 special teams tackles and started 2 games at weakside linebacker. He was released during final cuts in August 2012.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On October 9, 2012, he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles and was released on November 3, after playing in 2 games.

Carolina Panthers (second stint)[edit]

Williams was claimed off waiver on November 5, 2012, he played in 5 games (3 games inactive), recorded 15 special teams tackles.[3]

He was released before the start of the 2013 season. On October 16, the Panthers re-signed him to take over Chase Blackburn's special teams duties, after he was named the starter at weakside linebacker. He blocked a punt against the New York Jets. He was released on December 2, 2014.[4]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On December 8, 2014, he was signed as free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after linebacker Brandon Magee was placed on the injured reserve list. He played in three games, registering 4 special teams tackles and 7 defensive tackles.

Williams was re-signed on March 7, 2015.[5] He was released on September 6, after the team claimed linebackers Jeremiah George and James-Michael Johnson.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Jason Williams, DS #7 OLB, Western Illinois". Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cowboys cut '09 top pick Jason Williams". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Panthers' Jason Williams relishes his time as the new kid on block". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Panthers release corner Antoine Cason, linebacker Jason Williams". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ Yasinskas, Pat (March 7, 2015). "Bucs re-sign Larry English, Jason Williams and Major Wright". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Buccaneers claim five off waivers, including QB Ryan Griffin". Retrieved February 19, 2017. 

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