For the Welsh rugby footballer, see Edwin Williams (rugby).
Edwin Williams
No. 70     Chicago Bears
Center / Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-10) December 10, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: Washington, D.C.
High School: Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
College: Maryland
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2009 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-ACC (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Games played     29
Games started     14

Edwin Williams (born December 10, 1986) is an American football center and offensive guard for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Maryland. He was signed by the Washington Redskins in 2009 as an undrafted free agent.

Early yearsEdit

Williams was born on December 10, 1986 in Washington, D.C. to Edwin and Cheron Williams.[1] Both of his parents were freebase cocaine users, and he and his sister, Danielle, were born addicted, although they suffered no long-term effects.[2] Williams was raised by his maternal grandparents, Thomas and Orlean Pierce, in Deanwood, a dangerous neighborhood in Northeast D.C.[2]

He attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he initially played basketball. In his junior year, he switched to football and saw action at offensive guard, offensive tackle, and defensive end. During his senior year in 2003, he recorded 78 tackles and six sacks. He was named a Washington Post first-team All-Met, Pigskin Club first-team All-Met, first-team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC), first-team all-county, first-team All-Gazette, SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic all-region, and PrepStar all-region player.[1]

He was recruited by Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech.[1]

College careerEdit

In 2005, Williams sat out the season as a redshirt and was named the offensive scout team player of the year. In 2006, he saw action in ten games, in which he participated in 145 plays while allowing only one sack. In 2006, Williams started in all 13 games. Played as part of the Maryland offensive line, which allowed 19 sacks, the second-lowest in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). In 2007, he again started in all 13 games.[1] Williams received the 2008 Wilma Rudolph Award, a national honor for intercollegiate athletes who have overcome adversity.[2][3]

He entered the 2008 season as a consensus preseason first-team All-ACC pick, first-team preseason selection by The Sporting News. He was also named to watch list for the 2008 Rimington Trophy for most outstanding center in the nation. He started in all 13 games for the third consecutive season and recorded one solo tackle.[1] He was named a first-team All-ACC player.[4] He was invited to participate in the 2009 East-West Shrine Game and the 2009 NFL Combine.[1]

Williams graduated in May 2008 with a communications degree, and began his graduate studies during his final season of eligibility.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Washington RedskinsEdit

NFL Draft Scout rated him as the seventh-ranked out of 91 center prospects for the 2009 NFL Draft and projected him as a sixth-round selection.[5] Williams was not selected in the draft, but was signed immediately afterwards alongside Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel.[6] Williams played in four games for Washington, including two starts as a right guard, during the 2009 season.[7]

Chicago BearsEdit

Williams was cut by the Redskins during the 2010 preseason, and subsequently signed by the Chicago Bears.[7] He was elevated to the active roster on September 27, 2010. In Week 16 against the Green Bay Packers, Williams scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the endzone after running back Kahlil Bell fumbled on the goalline.[8]


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