Tyrone Williams (cornerback)

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Tyrone Williams
No. 37
Personal information
Born: (1973-05-31) May 31, 1973 (age 48)
Bradenton, Florida
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Bradenton (FL) Manatee
NFL Draft:1996 / Round: 3 / Pick: 93
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:120
Interception yards:274
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Upton Tyrone Williams (born May 31, 1973 in Bradenton, Florida) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of Nebraska.

Early years[edit]

Williams attended Manatee High School, where he practiced football, basketball and track. In football, he was a two-way player at running back and cornerback. As a senior, he contributed to the team having a 12-1 record, along with teammate Tommie Frazier at quarterback.

College career[edit]

He accepted A football scholarship from the University of Nebraska. He was forced to sit out his freshman season, due to the NCAA's Proposition 48 regulation.[1] As a sophomore, he became the starter at right cornerback in the fourth game, collecting 29 tackles (tenth on the team), 14 solo tackles, one interception and 3 passes defensed (led the team), while being was named Big Eight Co-Defensive Newcomer-of-the-Year as the Huskers defensive player of the year.[2] In the national championship game against Florida State University, he had career highs with 9 tackles (8 solo) and 3 passes defensed.

As a junior, he missed the game against West Virginia University. He finished with 38 tackles (eleventh on the team), 31 solo tackles, 3 interceptions (second on the team) and 5 passes defensed (second on the team). As a senior, he tallied 28 tackles (19 solo), one tackle for loss, one interception, 3 passes defensed, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery.

During his college career he recorded 95 tackles, 5 interceptions and 11 passes defensed, while contributing to a 36-1 record, 2 national championships and 3 Big Eight Conference titles.[3]

In 2006, he was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.

Professional career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

Williams was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round (93rd overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft. As a rookie reserve behind Doug Evans, he made 25 tackles during the regular season and 3 more in the playoffs. He also had 4 passes defensed during the playoffs and made a critical interception late in the first half of the Packers 30-13 NFC championship win over the Carolina Panthers. He was a reserve for the Super Bowl XXXI winning team.

In 1997, he became a full-time starter at left cornerback after Craig Newsome suffered a left knee injury in the season opener. In 1998, he was named the starter at right cornerback alongside Newsome and led the team with 5 interceptions.

From 1998 to 2001, he posted at least 4 interceptions every season. He appeared in 111 out of 112 games with 94 starts, finishing with 445 tackles, 19 interceptions and 92 passes defensed.[4]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

On March 16, 2003, he was signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Falcons to a four-year $10.3 million contract with a $3 million signing bonus, to replace Ashley Ambrose at right cornerback.[5] He reported overweight for training camp and was suspended for the fifth game against the Minnesota Vikings.[6]

Williams started in only six games and was benched for the entire second half of the season, being declared inactive for the final nine contests. He registered 20 tackles, 2 passes defensed and no interceptions. He was released on June 2, 2004.[7]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On September 30, 2004, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent for depth purposes, after Pete Hunter was lost for the season with a left knee injury.[8] He passed Jacques Reeves on the depth chart, starting 2 games at right cornerback, making 6 tackles and one sack. On November 13, he was waived with a hamstring injury he suffered in the seventh game against the Detroit Lions and was later placed on the injured reserve list on November 15.[9] He was released on December 14.

Personal life[edit]

Williams founded a sports management company named TruPros, to help players deal with the balance of life and football. He has also undergone a divorce.[10]


  1. ^ "Heded For a Fall? Nebraska May Win Another National Title, But The Days When Such a Colossus Ruled The Game Are Over". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Seven former Huskers named to Nebraska Football Hall of Fame". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "2006 Nebraska Hall of Fame Class Announced". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Falcons sign LB Newman, CB Williams". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Falcons sign Tyrone Williams". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Williams disciplined for 'conduct detrimental to team'". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Contract worth $9.3M already in place". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Cowboys sign free agents Williams, Ricks". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Cowboys waive injured CB Williams". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Ex-Packers CB Tyrone Williams uses past experiences to help today's players". Retrieved February 19, 2018.

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