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Cary Williams

Cary Williams
Williams with the Ravens in August 2012.
No. 26 Seattle Seahawks
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-12-23) December 23, 1984
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna
College: Washburn
NFL draft: 2008 / Round: 7 / Pick: 229
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2015
Tackles: 323
Interceptions: 9
Sacks: 3.0
Forced fumbles: 4
Passes defensed: 60
Stats at NFL.com

Cary Eric Williams (born December 23, 1984) is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washburn.

Williams has also played for the Baltimore Ravens, for whom he started in Super Bowl XLVII, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
    • Fordham 2.1
    • Washburn 2.2
  • Professional career 3
    • Pre-draft 3.1
    • Tennessee Titans 3.2
    • Baltimore Ravens 3.3
    • Philadelphia Eagles 3.4
    • Seattle Seahawks 3.5
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early years

Williams is the son of Calvin and Trina Golson. He played as a wide receiver and defensive back at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Florida as a senior, after attending Coral Gables High School as a junior and Charles W. Flanagan High School as a freshman and sophomore. In addition to football, Williams was also a star in track & field. He was one of the state's top sprinters, with personal-best times of 48.81 seconds in the 400-meter dash and 14.09 seconds in the 110 metres hurdles.[1]

College career

Fordham

Williams originally attended Fordham University, but after a year of limited playing time, transferred to Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

Washburn

Williams had seven interceptions as a senior, which rank second on Washburn's single-season list.[2] In his last season, He had two kickoff returns for touchdowns, which tied the Washburn season and career records.[2] In 2007, Against Missouri Southern, he had a 100-yard kickoff return that tied the school record for longest runback.[2] Williams was the only NCAA Division II player to be ranked in the top 10 in the nation in interceptions and kickoff return average in 2007.

Williams holds the distinction of being the only player in Washburn history to score on an interception, kickoff return and a reception in the same season.[2] He graduated with a sports management major.[3]

Professional career

Pre-draft

During his Pro Day, Williams ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, registering a 1.47 second 10-yard split, and a 2.56 second 20-yard split. He also had a time of 4.34 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle, a 32.5-inch vertical jump, 9'11" broad jump, 330-pound squat, 245-pound bench press, a 242-pound power clean, and a 14/18 Wonderlic score.[3]

Tennessee Titans

Williams was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round (229th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He became only the fifth Ichabod to be drafted in school history. On August 30, 2008, Williams was waived by the Titans. and re-signed to the team's practice squad. The Titans promoted Williams to their active roster on December 9. He was injured after a game and finished the 2008 NFL season on Injured Reserve.

Williams played in the NFL hall of fame game in 2009. He had 2 tackles and knocked down a potential touchdown pass. He was declared inactive for the first 2 games of the 2009 season, and was cut when the team signed punter Reggie Hodges. He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 29. The Titans signed Williams to the active roster on October 3 when quarterback Patrick Ramsey was released. He was waived on November 3, to make room for Chris Davis. He was re-signed to the practice squad on November 5. He had recorded 12 tackles through only four games, which caught the attention of the Ravens.

Williams during Training Camp practice at M&T Bank Stadium in 2011.

Baltimore Ravens

Ed Reed (20), Bernard Pollard (31), and Williams (29) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in August, 2012.

Cary Williams was signed off the Titans practice squad by the Baltimore Ravens on November 24, 2009. He was a special teams contributor that season and saw little time on defense. He recorded eight tackles that year, mostly on special teams.

In 2010, Williams was suspended for the first two games of the season for conduct against the NFL's personnel conduct policy.[4] Very few details were disclosed on the specifics of Williams' actions. Despite all this, Williams played well in preseason and earned a roster spot. He had six tackles in 2010 as he saw more time in the secondary later that year. In a game against the Miami Dolphins, Williams caught a pass on a fake punt from Sam Koch and ran it for a first down.[5]

In 2011, after the departures of corners Josh Wilson and Fabian Washington plus Williams again playing well in Training Camp and preseason, he earned his first NFL start alongside Lardarius Webb in a Week 1 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.[6] He had five tackles and contained Pittsburgh receiver Mike Wallace. In a divisional playoff win against the Houston Texans, Williams tackled Texans returner Jacoby Jones. Williams forced Jones to fumble, and the ball was recovered by fellow cornerback Jimmy Smith inside the five yard line.[7] Williams was considered to have had an up and down 2011 campaign. Despite recording no interceptions, Williams had several good games and was noted for his aggressive playstyle. However, he often struggled while covering the deep ball.

In week 3 of the 2012 season, Williams surrendered 121 yards to Tom Brady.[8] However, the Ravens were able to squeeze by 31-30. A week later however, Williams collected the first interception of his NFL career off Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown,[9] partially redeeming his lackluster performance the week before. The score helped the Ravens win 23-16 and improve to 3-1. He recorded three more interceptions that year, tying safety Ed Reed for the team lead with 4. On January 6, 2013, during the Wild Card round of the 2012 playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts, Williams intercepted a pass deflection thrown by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on 4th & 1 with 5:43 remaining in the 4th quarter on the Ravens 15-yard line and returned it 41 yards. This proved to be one of the significant plays that helped the Ravens win the game 24-9. On January 20, 2013, in the AFC Championship game against the Patriots, Williams intercepted a pass from Tom Brady in the end zone in the 4th quarter with 1:06 remaining in regulation, sealing the win for the Ravens 28-13 and a trip to Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens would defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.

Philadelphia Eagles

On March 14, 2013, Williams signed with the Philadelphia Eagles to a three-year, $17 million deal, including $5.75 million guaranteed.[10] After two seasons with the team, the Eagles released Williams on March 3, 2015.

Seattle Seahawks

Williams signed with the Seattle Seahawks on March 10, 2015.[11][12] Williams will replace former Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell, who signed with the Eagles in the 2015 offseason.

References

  1. ^ http://fl.milesplit.com/athletes/insider/10161-cary-williams/stats#.Vf9VDd_tmko
  2. ^ a b c d
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ Ravens' Cary Williams suspended for 2 games Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Sun Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  5. ^ Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore Hands Miami First Road Loss in 26-10 Thumping Todd McGregor, Bleacher Report Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  6. ^ Williams To Live His Dream vs. Steelers Ryan Mink, Baltimore Ravens.com Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  7. ^ Texans' Jones apologizes, moves forward after muffed punt Mark Sessler, NFL.com Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  8. ^ Cary Williams-He's Tom Brady not 'Joe Schmo' Ryan Mink, Baltimore Ravens.com Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  9. ^ Cary Williams' pick 6 comes courtesy a bad Brandon Weeden pass (with video) Joe Thorman, SB Nation Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  10. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/14/eagles-sign-kenny-phillips-and-cary-williams/
  11. ^
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External links

  • Seattle Seahawks bio
  • Baltimore Ravens bio
  • Tennessee Titans bio
  • Washburn Ichabods bio
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