Sylvester Williams (American football)

Sylvester Williams
Williams in the 2014 NFL preseason.
No. 92     Denver Broncos
Defensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-11-21) November 21, 1988
Place of birth: St Louis, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 313 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school: Jefferson City (MO)
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Debuted in 2013 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2014
Tackles 38
Quarterback sacks 2.0
Forced fumbles 0
Stats at

Sylvester Williams (born November 21, 1988) is an American football defensive tackle for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Williams played college football for the University of North Carolina and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years

Williams was born in St Louis, Missouri, into a family with three older sisters and one younger brother.[1] He attended Jefferson City High School, and played football for only one season in high school, and started only one game. Not being recruited by college programs, he assembled radiator parts for 18-wheelers before deciding to walk-on at Coffeyville Community College.[2] He had 52 tackles and two sacks in 2010.

College career

Williams enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, and played for the North Carolina Tar Heels football team in 2011 and 2012. As a junior in 2011, he had 43 tackles and 2.5 sacks.[1] The following season, Williams was named to the All-ACC first team.[3] He was also named an All-American by Pro Football Weekly.[4]

Professional career

NFL Draft

Williams was selected in the first round, with the 28th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.[5]

2013 Season

Williams played like a first round pick in the last three games of the season. He recorded his first career sack on December 12, 2013 in a loss to the San Diego Chargers. He had another sack the following week against the Houston Texans. On December 29, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor bobbled a snap and Williams recovered it.


  1. ^ a b "Sylvester Williams Biography". Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "Weight presents double-edged sword for linemen prospects". Sports Illustrated. April 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sylvester Williams". Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Nawrocki, Nolan. "PFW 2012 All-America team". December 11, 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2013.
  5. ^ Klis, Mike. "DT Sylvester Williams is Denver Broncos' pick at No. 28 of 2013 NFL draft". April 25, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2013.

External links

  • Denver Broncos bio
  • North Carolina Tar Heels bio
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