William Powell
No. 29 – Saskatchewan Roughriders
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1988-03-09) March 9, 1988 (age 32)
Houston, Texas
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Duncanville (TX)
College:Kansas State
Career history
* Arizona Cardinals ( 2011 2013)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:International
Career highlights and awards
* Grey Cup champion – 2016
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:60
Rushing yards:217
Receiving yards:132
Return yards:507
Total touchdowns:0
Player stats at
Career CFL statistics
Rushing attempts:500
Rushing yards:2,835
Rushing touchdowns:13
Player stats at

William O. Powell II (born March 9, 1988) is a Canadian football running back for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He has also been a member of the Ottawa Redblacks, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans and Detroit Lions.

Early yearsEdit

William O. Powell II was born in Houston, Texas March 9, 1988. When Powell was about a year old, he and his family relocated to Dallas, TX. Powell is a 2006 Graduate of Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas. Powell is the son of the late Darla S. Powell. He is the middle child between two sisters, Brittanye and Jasmyn.

College careerEdit

He played College football at Navarro Junior College, and then at Kansas State. He was never a starter in college, but earned the starting role in 2008 his final year at Navarro, where he led the team in Rushing Yards (937), Touchdowns (8), Carries(139) and Yards Per Carry Average (6.7). He then went on to Kansas State, where he began as a special teams player. He then proceeded to become 2nd on the depth chart behind Daniel Thomas during his 2nd year at Kansas State. He also was given the role of kickoff returner, where he led the nation in Kickoff Return Average (34.5). His season was cut short, however, when he suffered a season ending toe injury against Texas Longhorns. This injury occurred after his 4th and final Collegiate Rushing Touchdown.

Professional careerEdit

Arizona Cardinals Edit

Powell was not selected in the 2011 NFL Draft and was then signed by the Arizona Cardinals. On September 2, 2011 Powell was waived as part of final roster cuts before the beginning of the season. On December 21, 2011, Powell was resigned to the Cardinal's practice squad. Powell was invited back to Cardinals camp in 2012 and would then proceed to make the 53 man roster. Powell would have his first start in the NFL in a game against the San Francisco 49ers. He would finish the season with 217 rushing yards. On April 1, 2013, Powell would sign a one-year contract to remain with the Cardinals. On July 23, 2013, Powell was waived before camp after the Cardinals signed veteran RB Rashard Mendenhall and drafted Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington.[1]

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

On July 24, 2013, the Philadelphia Eagles claimed Powell off waivers.[2] On July 26, 2013, Powell was waived by the Philadelphia Eagles after failing his physical.[3]

Houston TexansEdit

The Houston Texans signed Powell to a two-year contract on August 11, 2014.[4] The Texans released Powell on August 25, 2014.[5]

Detroit LionsEdit

Powell signed with the Detroit Lions on September 30, 2014.[6] He was released on October 22, 2014.[7]

Ottawa RedBlacks Edit

On September 8, 2015 Powell signed with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League.[8] Powell made his professional debut on October 6, 2015 against the Toronto Argonauts after an injury to starting running back Jeremiah Johnson. Powell would go on to start the final 5 games of the regular season, carrying the ball 77 times for 447 yards (4.9 yard average) with 2 rushing touchdowns. He also contributed in the passing attack catching 19 passes for 158 yards with one receiving touchdown. On June 15, 2016, it was reported that Powell would miss the entire 2016 season with an Achilles injury that he suffered in the team's first preseason game.[9] Set to become a free agent on February 14, 2017 the Reblacks signed Powell to a one-year contract extension on January 31, 2017.[10] On September 29 Powell set a Redblacks franchise record in rushing yards in a single game with 187.[11] Despite missing six regular season games Powell finished second in the league in rushing yards with 1,026, trailing Andrew Harris by a mere nine yards. On January 15, 2018 the Redblacks signed Powell to a one-year contract extension.[12] Powell came just shy of Harris again in 2018, with 1,362 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns in 16 games played.

Saskatchewan Roughriders Edit

On February 12, 2019, Powell signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.[13]


  1. "Arizona Cardinals Release William Powell" (in en-US). Raising Zona. 2013-07-23.
  2. Wulf, Bo (July 24, 2013). "Eagles Claim RB William Powell". Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  3. "RB Powell Waived; Rookies Activated". Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  4. "After Cutting Three, Texans Sign Two Running Backs". August 11, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  5. Texans trim roster on Monday
  6. Beard, Ron. "Lions to promote RB Winn; place RB Owens on IR". Detroit News. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  7. Schwab, Frank. "Lions cut running back ... and send him home from London". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  8. "Tim Baines on Twitter". Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  9. "REPORT: REDBLACKS LOSE POWELL FOR SEASON TO ACHILLES INJURY". June 15, 2016. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  10. "Redblacks re-sign Powell on one-year deal – Article – TSN". TSN. 2017-01-31.
  11. "William Powell sets rushing record, but Redblacks lose to Roughriders" (in en-US). Ottawa Citizen. 2017-09-30.
  12. "Redblacks re-sign veteran running back Powell – Article – TSN". TSN. 2018-01-15.
  13. News, CJME. "Roughriders sign RB William Powell" (in en).

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