Kyle Williams (wide receiver)
Williams at 49ers training camp in August 2010
|No. 15 Denver Broncos|
|Date of birth:||July 19, 1988|
|Place of birth:||San Jose, California|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||186 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral|
|NFL draft:||2010 / Round: 6 / Pick: 206|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
|Stats at NFL.com|
Kyle Steven Williams (born July 19, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). In the 2010 NFL Draft, Williams was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round out of Arizona State University. Williams has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Born in San Jose, California to Kenny Williams and Ayiko Broyard, Kyle Williams attended Plainfield Central High School in Plainfield, Illinois before transferring to Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona in junior year. Williams played baseball and football in high school. As a high school football player, he was named The Arizona Republic Big School State Player of the Year, first-team All-American by EA Sports, all-state first-team by The Arizona Republic, AZFCA first-team 4A all-state, and the Barry Sollenberger High School Player of the Year. He also excelled in baseball and was drafted in the 47th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox.
As a sophomore at Arizona State University he earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a punt returner and also had 29 catches for 360 yards and six touchdowns. In 2008, Williams was named honorable mention all-conference as a returner averaging 17.0 yards on punt returns, and also had 19 catches for 364 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver. Williams finally became a regular starter as a senior, leading the Sun Devils with 57 catches for 815 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009, in addition to garnering first-team All Pac-10 as a wide receiver by PhilSteele.com, and second-team All-Pac-10 as a punt returner.
San Francisco 49ers
Williams was selected in the 6th round with the 206th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, by the San Francisco 49ers. He was injured most of the 2010 season. Williams played in five games and made one reception for 8 yards in the November 21, 2010 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On September 18, 2011, he caught his first touchdown pass in a game against the Dallas Cowboys. On November 20, he caught his second touchdown pass against the Arizona Cardinals. He caught his third in a catch-and-run spanning 56 yards on December 4 against the St. Louis Rams. Williams caught 16 passes in a six-game stretch late in the season after his role increased with injuries to 49ers wide receivers. In the playoffs, Williams caught two passes and made a key block on Quarterback Alex Smith's go-ahead 28-yard touchdown run in a 36–32 divisional round win over the New Orleans Saints. With Ted Ginn Jr. injured, Williams started at wide receiver and performed punt returns in the 49ers' 20–17 loss in the NFC championship game. He lost two fumbles returning punts, including one in overtime that preceded the game-winning field goal by the New York Giants. His other fumble in the fourth quarter was followed by a Giants' touchdown to retake the lead, 17-14. Smith defended Williams saying: "Offensively we weren't good enough today. We didn't get it done .... You can't put it on [Williams]". On November 12, 2013, the 49ers released Williams.
Kansas City Chiefs
On November 13, 2013, Williams was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs. Williams announced on November 22, 2013 that he had torn his ACL and would miss the remainder of the season. Re-signing with the Chiefs on April 21, 2014, Williams played all four preseason games in 2014 for Kansas City but injured his shoulder in the season finale. On September 1, 2014, the Chiefs released Williams.
Williams' father is Chicago White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams. His mother Ayiko Broyard is an executive with Walton Issacson and produces the show Versus and Flow on TV One. His brothers Kenny and Tyler both played minor league baseball.
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- According to the play-by-play, Williams caught a 4-yard pass at the St. Louis 48-yard line before rushing for the touchdown.
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- "Chiefs bring back Kyle Williams". NBC Sports. April 21, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2014.
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- Skretta, Dave (September 1, 2014). "Armed with new deal, Chiefs' Smith looks forward". Associated Press. Retrieved September 25, 2014.