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Shomari Williams
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-03-08) March 8, 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth: Toronto, Ontario
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
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Shomari Gyasi Williams (born March 8, 1985 in Toronto, Ontario) is a professional Canadian football defensive end for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted first overall by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2010 CFL Draft after Saskatchewan traded up to be in a position to draft him. Williams played 3 seasons with the Roughriders. He played college football for the Queen's Golden Gaels and the Houston Cougars.

Off the field Shomari owns and operates two companies designed at helping high school student athletes get exposure and opportunities to receive athletic scholarships. Student Blitz is a company he founded while still at the University of Houston and used it to help several players still in Canada receive NCAA scholarships. Top Prospects is his Canadian company which now is home to Canada's largest database of high school football players. Hundreds of which have been helped over the past 3 years to gain athletic scholarships. [1]

Amateur careerEdit

High schoolEdit

Williams first attended North Park Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario where he played football for the North Park Vikings. He then attended Champlain Regional Prep in Lennoxville, Quebec for two years.[2] He was named the team's MVP and also secured a spot on the All-Canadian squad while in high school.[2] During one of his best games in high school, Williams recorded 11 tackles and a forced fumble.[2] While in high school, he was recruited by the University of Houston, University of South Florida, Rutgers, and Connecticut.[2]

UniversityEdit

At the University of Houston, Williams played mostly on special teams.[2] During his freshman season, he also spent time as a fullback. In his sophomore season, Williams played in all 13 of the club's games, the most action he saw during his time at Houston.[2] During his junior year, he competed in two games.[2] After his junior season, Williams transferred to Queen's University.[3] He had finished his degree in entrepreneurship at the University of Houston, and wanted to further his education in Canada and obtain an education degree.[4]

Williams played defensive end for the Queen's Golden Gaels. During the regular season he played in six games, recording 32 tackles and four sacks.[3] He was named Queen's University Athlete of the Week twice during the season.[5] In the playoffs, Williams contributed even more, recording 26 tackles and 5.5 sacks in four playoff games.[3][5] He was named Most Valuable Player at the 2009 Mitchell Bowl, where Queen's defeated the Laval Rouge et Or.[5] Queen's won the 2009 Vanier Cup as Canada's national champions.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Saskatchewan RoughridersEdit

After impressing at the CFL Evaluation Camp, Williams was named the top prospect in the Canadian Football League’s Amateur Scouting Bureau rankings for players eligible in the 2010 CFL Draft.[6] On the day prior to the draft, the Toronto Argonauts traded the number one overall draft pick to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, along with the eighth overall pick, for punter Jamie Boreham and the second and fourth overall picks in the 2010 draft.[7] Williams was flown into Regina to be introduced on May 2, 2010 as the number one overall selection in the 2010 CFL Draft.[8] He agreed to a contract with the Roughriders on May 12, 2010.[9] Williams played 3 seasons with the RoughRiders. His first two seasons were mostly as a member of the special teams units. In his third season he received significant playing time at the defensive end and linebacker positions, recording 59 tackles and 2 sacks.

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

On February 15, 2013, the first day of CFL free agency, Williams signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.[10]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://TopProspects.ca
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Player Bio: Shomari Williams". University of Houston. http://www.uhcougars.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/williams_shomari00.html. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Shomari Williams". Saskatchewan Roughriders. http://www.riderville.com/roster/show/id/2927. Retrieved 2010-09-05.
  4. "Q&A with prospect Shomari Williams". Canadian Football League. 2009-12-13. http://www.cfl.ca/article/q-a-with-prospect-shomari-williams. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Shomari Williams". Queen's University. http://www.gogaelsgo.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=1382. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  6. "Queen's linebacker Shomari Williams tops CFL draft rankings". Vancouver Sun. http://www.vancouversun.com/story_print.html?id=2775068&sponsor=. Retrieved 2010-07-18.[dead link]
  7. "Argos Agree To Trade Top Pick in 2010 Draft To Roughriders". The Sports Network. http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=320197. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  8. "Saskatchewan Roughriders select Shomari Williams with No. 1 pick in CFL draft". Regina Leader Post. http://www.leaderpost.com/sports/football/roughriders-football/Saskatchewan+Roughriders+select+Shomari+Williams+with+pick+draft/2977996/story.html. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  9. "Riders ink deals with Williams, Wallace". Canadian Broadcast Corporation. 2010-05-12. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/story/2010/05/12/sk-sp-roughriders-signings-10512.html. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  10. http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=416067 Williams signs with TiCats


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