Roy Williams

All-american College Football Player + Professional Football Player + Defensive Back + Safety
Born Aug 14, 1980

Roy Lee Williams is a former American college and professional football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for the University of Oklahoma, and was an All-American. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys eighth overall in the 2002 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals. He earned five straight Pro Bowl selections from 2003 to 2007.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Roy Williams.


1980 Birth Born on August 14, 1980.


1999 18 Years Old Williams attended the University of Oklahoma, and played for coach Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners football team from 1999 to 2001.
2000 19 Years Old He was a starter on the undefeated 2000 Oklahoma Sooners team that won the BCS National Championship, setting a school record for tackles for a loss by a defensive back with 12.


2001 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, his junior season at Oklahoma, he won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top overall defensive player and also won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back, while leading the team to a 10-2 record and a win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Cotton Bowl Classic. … Read More
2002 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Williams was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the eighth overall pick of the 2002 NFL Draft after a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. … Read More
2003 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, Williams with the mentoring of Woodson, enjoyed a stellar season and his first trip to the Pro Bowl as he was part of the Cowboys' number one ranked defense and helped lead the team to its first playoff game since 1999. … Read More
With the right cornerback position stabilized by the free agent signing of Anthony Henry in 2005, Williams was once again able to play to his best strength by roaming closer to the line of scrimmage.
2006 25 Years Old In early August 2006 the Dallas Cowboys signed Williams to a four-year contract extension worth $25.2 million to keep him with the team through the 2010 season.
2007 26 Years Old 1 More Event
After the 2007 season, Williams was named to the Pro Bowl on January 3, 2008 for the fifth straight time, this time as a replacement for the late Sean Taylor (who played for the Cowboys' heated rivals, the Washington Redskins).
2008 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Williams announced that he will be wearing No. 38 at the start of the 2008 season because that was the number he wore in college and also "8" in the Bible signifies a new beginning. … Read More
On March 5, 2009, the Cowboys released Williams, per his request.


2011 30 Years Old On August 24, 2011, Williams announced his retirement, taking a job as a sideline reporter for Oklahoma Sooners football games. … Read More
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