Williams, while playing for Virginia Tech.
|Date of birth:March 8, 1984|
|Place of birth: Hampton, Virginia|
|Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)|
|College: Virginia Tech|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37|
|Debuted in 2006 for the Atlanta Falcons|
|Last played in 2007 for the Atlanta Falcons|
|* Atlanta Falcons ( 2006– 2007)
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Unanimous All-American (2005)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
James Franklin Williams, Jr. (born March 8, 1984) is an American football cornerback who played for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) for two seasons. He played college football for Virginia Tech, and was recognized as an All-American. He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, but was later suspended for violating the NFL's banned substances policy.
Williams was born in Hampton, Virginia. He attended Bethel High School as a senior, playing for the Bethel Bruins high school football team. He played the previous three seasons playing for Hampton High School, winning a state championship in 1998. Williams was known for his versatility during his prep career, competing at quarterback, safety, wide receiver and outside linebacker. He earned All-Peninsula District honors as a junior and senior, adding first-team honors in 2001, and was elected to the Newport News Daily Press All-Star team as a senior. In his final season, he collected over 100 tackles with two sacks and intercepted seven passes, returning two for touchdowns as a safety and outside linebacker. On offense, he compiled over 1,000 yards of total offense as a quarterback, passing for five touchdowns and rushing for six. He also returned punts and kicks.
Williams enrolled at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he played for coach Frank Beamer's Virginia Tech Hokies football as a free safety from 2002 to 2005. He played sparingly his first year, backing up All-American Willie Pile.
In the Hokies' 2004 ACC championship season, Williams moved from safety to cornerback and played a critical role in two close games. In a 17-10 win against Wake Forest, Williams intercepted a Matt Mauk pass in Hokie territory and returned it to midfield to set up a Tech scoring drive. On Wake's final drive of the game, Williams broke up a pass in the endzone on third down that would have tied the game and potentially sent it into overtime. Against North Carolina, Williams intercepted a pass from Darian Durant just before halftime that set up a Hokies field goal.
On June 2, 2007, Williams was cited in Richmond, Virginia for possession of marijuana during the 2007 offseason. Due to the NFL's personal conduct policy, he was suspended by Roger Goodell for the first five games of the 2008 season. Williams was released by the Falcons on June 17, 2008. He served the five-game suspension as a free agent and was not signed the rest of the year.
San Francisco 49ers
After spending the 2008 season out of football, Williams was signed to a future contract by the San Francisco 49ers on January 22, 2009.
Williams has been suspended for at least one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy,
- Stewart, Will (2004-10-09). "Virginia Tech 17, Wake Forest 10". techsideline.com. http://www.techsideline.com/football/2004/games/wakerecap.htm.
- Stewart, Will (2004-11-06). "Virginia Tech 27, North Carolina 24". techsideline.com. http://www.techsideline.com/football/2004/games/uncrecap.htm.
- "Williams Named Thorpe Finalist". hokiesports.com. 2005-11-22. http://www.hokiesports.com/football/recaps/20051122aaa.html. Retrieved 2007-07-23.
- "Williams Earns Unanimous All-America Honors". 2005-12-20. http://www.hokiesports.com/football/recaps/20051220aaa.html. Retrieved 2007-07-23.
- "Falcons' DB Williams Cited For Marijuana Possession". 2007-07-23. http://www.cbs46.com/sports/13739803/detail.html. Retrieved 2007-07-23.
- Atlanta Falcons Cut Jimmy Williams - FanHous - AOL Sports Blog