“I kind of was a bigger kid growing up, didn’t want to play with the older guys, so I just said, ‘I’ll wait my turn,’” Williams said.
Then in high school, his turn came, largely in part to a parent.
“My mom – she always wanted me to do something; she didn’t want me to be a waste,” Williams said. “I wasn’t going to let that happen. Football was just kind of like something I messed with and I really started loving the game and gaining an appreciation for the game because it can be taken away from you any minute.”
His senior year of high school, Williams was switched from offense to defense, which would turn out to be one of the best decisions of his life.
“That was pretty much my idea,” Williams said. “I always felt like I was a little too aggressive to play tight end. So, I played defensive end where I could tackle people and hit people rather than be hit and get tackled. I’d rather be the hitter.”
Eight years later, he’s in the NFL.
“Not in my wildest imagination,” Williams said of if he thought he would ever be a professional football player when he took up the sport. “I just used to play and I love the game, and just thought it would take me wherever I could go. Now, I’m being drafted. It’s crazy right here. I really appreciate this. I’m going to make it happen.”
It was at FIU, where Williams excelled. He garnered All-Sun Belt honors in his final three years, including All-Sun Belt first-team his senior year.
“Actually, it was my sophomore year in college at FIU,” Williams said of when he first thought he could go pro. “We did some good things. Coach Jeff Collins … he taught me a different way to play the game. He put something different in my head, where I have to go full speed all the time and just make plays. He really helped me develop into a better player and he helped me with my motor and we just got it rolling.”
That motor now has Williams in a Chargers uniform.