Williams attended Jackson-Olin High School in Birmingham, Alabama, and was a two-sport star in both football and track. In track, he competed in the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash.
On August 22, 2008, Williams suffered a neck injury in a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. He was taken off the field on a stretcher immobilized. Afterward, he recovered from paralysis, with team doctors reporting his condition was "almost normal." He underwent surgery and walked on his own at the hospital August 28, 2008; however, returning to football is unlikely.