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Teddy Williams Jr
Free agent
Position:Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1988-07-03) July 3, 1988 (age 31)
Tyler, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:John Tyler (Tyler, Texas)
College:Texas–San Antonio
Undrafted:2010
Career history
*Dallas Cowboys ( 2010 2011)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles:22
Interceptions:1
Forced fumbles:2
Receptions:1
Receiving yards:51
Total touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Teddy Williams Jr (born July 3, 1988) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He did not play college football, but was an Olympic caliber world class four-time NCAA All American sprinter at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Early yearsEdit

Williams played football and ran track and field at John Tyler High School. In football, he was a three-time All-district selection at wide receiver and received second-team All-state honors as a junior. In his final year he suffered a serious ankle injury, that impacted his playing time and his scholarship offers.[1] He received a track and field scholarship for the University of Texas at San Antonio, where as a sprinter he was a four-time All-American, won nine Southland Conference championships and received four Southland Conference athlete of the year awards.

Track and fieldEdit

Williams is also a sprinter. While at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008, during Williams’ sophomore campaign he began to catch his stride. He finished the 2008 indoor season ranked #10 in the nation in the indoor 60m with a time of 6.66 seconds. The propelled Williams into a ground breaking outdoor season which saw him drop a personal best at the time of 10.16 at the 2008 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships,and he also earned his first All American honor finishing 7th in an Olympic caliber loaded field at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Drake University in Iowa. Later that summer Williams was invited to compete in the 2008 USA Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon. He finished 10th overall and was invited to represent Team USA in Toluca, Mexico and run on the 4x100m relay. Williams and company blazed around the track in Mexico to a World leading time of 38.30 seconds. With that blistering time the quartet was invited to Beijing, China to represent Team USA in the preliminary round of the 4x100m relay. Due to a batched exchange in the finals of the event Team USA finished with a DQ, thus ending Williams’ chance of bringing home an Olympic medal. In 2009 Williams recorded a 6.59 seconds personal best in the 60m at the NCAA Indoor Championships at Tx A&M in College Station, TX. Later that season he also recorded a time of 9.90 seconds in the 100 meters at the UTEP Invitational, that ranked as the best in school history and the fastest time in the WORLD that season for over four months.[2] In 2010, Williams held the #4 fastest indoor 60m time in the nation at 6.59 seconds and the #1 100m time in the NCAA that season at 10.01 seconds. Which was run at the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Arlington, TX.

Williams already holds the school record with his personal best of 9.90 seconds, that won the 2009 Southland Conference title. He also helped the 4x100m relay team run a season-best time of 39.59 seconds in 2010. Cementing his legacy and finishing up his collegiate career as the most decorated athlete in UTSA history.

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
55 meters 6.23 Lubbock, Texas January 23, 2010
60 meters 6.59 College Station, Texas March 13, 2009
100 meters 9.90 El Paso, Texas April 11, 2009 200 meters 20.60 Huntsville, Texas May 11, 2008
400 meters 48.90 Irvine, California March 21, 2009

Professional careerEdit

Dallas Cowboys (2010-2011)Edit

Williams became UTSA’s first ever NFL player. In 2010 the Dallas Cowboys were having their training camp in San Antonio. Williams, who had just finished his senior season and still had one more year of eligibility in a different sport, got a tryout in part because he was attending a local school and because of the relationship between University of Texas at San Antonio's assistant Eric Roark and the Cowboys’ director of scouting, Tom Ciskowski.[3] Although he did not play football in college, the Cowboys were intrigued by his size/speed ratio and signed him as an undrafted free agent on July 31, 2010.

At first the Cowboys weren't sure where to play Williams, trying him at cornerback before settling on wide receiver. He was with the team for the entire preseason, and was waived on September 4, 2010, before being signed to their practice squad. He was called up to the active roster on December 21, 2010. During the Dallas Cowboys' 2011 training camp, he was hindered by a hamstring injury he suffered after a collision with assistant Jimmy Robinson,[4] and was released on September 3. He spent the 2011 season on the Cowboys' practice squad. He was re-signed to a future's contract on January 2, 2012.[5] During training camp, he was moved from wide receiver to cornerback, but couldn't make the team and was released on August 31, 2012.

2012 seasonEdit

In 2012, he was signed by the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League (UFL). He spent an abbreviated six-game season working as a kick returner {1 return for touchdown) and starting cornerback. He worked out for the Indianapolis Colts on October 24, 2012 and was signed to their practice squad five days later. He was promoted to the active roster on November 16. He was waived-injured on August 25, 2013.

Arizona Cardinals (2013 season)Edit

Williams signed with the Arizona Cardinals on October 21, 2013. The Cardinals switched him from cornerback to wide receiver.[6] On October 27, during a 27-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Williams caught a 51-yard pass from quarterback Carson Palmer. The reception was the first of his career. On November 17, during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he tore his achilles and was placed on injured reserve.[7]

It was later announced that the Cardinals would be moving Williams back to the cornerback position for the 2014 season.[8] He was released on August 30, 2014, and was later signed to the practice squad on September 9.[9]

2014 seasonEdit

On October 1, 2014, he was signed by the Chicago Bears from the Cardinals' practice squad. He was released on November 10, after appearing in five games and registering two special teams tackles.[10] He was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 11, 2014.[11] He played in two games and was declared inactive for four. He was not re-signed after the season ended.

Carolina PanthersEdit

On March 12, 2015, Williams signed a two-year, $2.3 million, contract with the Carolina Panthers.[12] He played in his first full season and found a place on the special teams units where he became captain. He also played some snaps at cornerback, recording 13 defensive tackles, five passes defensed and one forced fumble.

On February 7, 2016, Williams was a captain of the Panthers team that finished as one of the best regular season teams in NFL history with a record of 15-1 and also played in Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[13]

On October 28, 2016, Williams was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury after recording a game changing interception against Drew Brees and the Saints. [14]

On March 20, 2017, Williams re-signed with the Panthers on a one-year $1M deal.[15] On September 1, 2017, he was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.[16] On March 7, 2018, Williams was released by the Panthers.[17]

New York GiantsEdit

On March 14, 2018, Williams signed a one year, $880,000 contract with the New York Giants.[18] On August 6, 2018, Williams requested his release from the Giants to deal with personal and family health issues.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Williams married his college sweetheart who was a 3x All American sprinter herself and they have three children together. He is also a member of the Alpha Delta Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity Inc. Williams prides himself in giving back to his community that helped guide him into his path of stardom so for 8 straight year Williams provided a completely free unisex “Fast Like Teddy” speed and Agility camp every summer in his hometown of Tyler, Tx. The camp averaged over 350 athletes annually.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "UTSA track star Williams signs with Cowboys". MySA.com. July 29, 2009. http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/college_sports/local_colleges/article/UTSA-track-star-Williams-signs-with-Cowboys-783761.php.
  2. "Teddy Williams breaks 10-second barrier at UTEP Invitational". UTSA. October 29, 2009. http://www.goutsa.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=13100&ATCLID=3718436.
  3. "Cowboys sign speedster Teddy Williams". ESPN. July 31, 2010. http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/news/story?id=5420574.
  4. "Cowboys Notebook: Williams relieved assistant is OK". MySA.com. July 31, 2011. http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/cowboys/article/Cowboys-Notebook-Williams-relieved-assistant-is-1681713.php.
  5. "Teddy Williams transactions". KFFL. September 3, 2011. Archived from the original on December 4, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141204205921/http://www.kffl.com/player/23688/nfl/news/teddy-williams.
  6. http://www.prosportsdaily.com/Headlines/ExternalArticle?articleId=271765
  7. Cardinals lose Teddy Williams to torn Achilles
  8. Urban, Darren (May 15, 2014). "Teddy Williams moves back to CB". AZCardinals.com. http://blog.azcardinals.com/2014/05/15/teddy-williams-moves-back-to-cb/.
  9. Cardinals Cut To 53
  10. Wilkening, Mike. "Bears release CB Teddy Williams". Pro Football Talk. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/11/10/bears-release-cb-teddy-williams/.
  11. Hartstein, Larry. "Jaguars claim CB Teddy Williams". CBS Sports. http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasyfootball/update/24799389/jaguars-claim-cb-teddy-williams.
  12. Gantt, Darin. "Panthers sign Fast Teddy Williams to go with fast Ted Ginn". Pro Football Talk. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/12/panthers-sign-fast-teddy-williams-to-go-with-fast-ted-ginn/.
  13. "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201602070den.htm. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  14. Henson, Max (October 28, 2016). "Panthers activate Johnson, place Williams on IR". Archived from the original on August 8, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170808073617/http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-activate-Johnson-place-Williams-on-IR/3c0d24bb-2ec6-4894-bfbf-1d09b94d45b0.
  15. Strickland, Bryan (March 20, 2017). "Panthers re-sign Teddy Williams". Archived from the original on September 2, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170902091150/http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-re-sign-Teddy-Williams/e2ac3f2c-a0f1-45e3-b518-9078113bcab4.
  16. Strickland, Bryan (September 1, 2017). "Panthers reduce roster to 77". Archived from the original on September 20, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170920201032/https://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Panthers-trim-roster-to-53/04544b8e-4a01-4568-9141-9ed61d2d4c51.
  17. Smith, Bradley (March 7, 2018). "Carolina Panthers release cornerback Teddy Williams, per report". https://www.catscratchreader.com/2018/3/7/17093902/nfl-carolina-panthers-release-cornerback-teddy-williams.
  18. Eisen, Michael (March 14, 2018). "Giants sign free agent DB Teddy Williams". Archived from the original on March 15, 2018. https://web.archive.org/web/20180315133345/http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Giants-sign-free-agent-DB-Teddy-Williams/e4416c07-a10c-4556-a4e3-8a0475c4efa7.
  19. Gantt, Darin (August 6, 2018). "Giants corner Teddy Williams asks for release for family reasons". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/08/06/giants-corner-teddy-williams-asks-for-release-for-family-reasons/.

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